I never loved Borges like everybody else does but I re-read “The Cruel Redeemer Lazarus Morell,” and either because I tried reading it very very slowly or because my brain craves beautiful writing after the outrage of ZNH, the story felt absolutely glorious. The first 3 pages of the story almost made me cry. Literature! Beautiful literature!
Here’s the English version. If you decide to read it, please observe how with every sentence the world’s greatest master of the short story genre completely destroys everything we expect a short story to be. This text enacts Borges’s entire literary career for us. Brilliant stuff.