Pierre Menard Author of the Quixote


Fact: Jorge Luis Borges invented teh Copypasta.

In “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, Borges tells a story about an early 20th-century French Symbolist poet who aspires to so complete an identification with the 17th-century Spanish novelist Cervantes, that he attempts to write his masterpiece for himself — not to copy it, recreate it or update it, but literally to write it, word for word, as his very own work.

Naturally, he fails.

But the fact that several extracts from Don Quixote are found among his posthumous papers suggests the ultimate feasibility of his plan.

And this in turn suggests to Borges, a new method of reading, deliberately using anachronism and false attribution to enrich the writings of the past: so might we read The Story of O as if penned by Mother Teresa, or hear The Ring of the Nibelung as if Wagner post-dated Freud.


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