circularruins

In Jorge Luis Borges short story The Circular Ruins, an experienced wizard, the archetype of the artist, sets about to create a human being with his magical powers of imagination. He retreats from the world to the ruins of an abandoned temple infused with mystical powers and there, for one hundred and one feverishly intense nights the wizard tries to create a son from his dreams, sleeping, dreaming, longer and longer each day. He moulds the boy, piece by piece, in agonizing detail and finally calls upon god of Fire to bring life into his creation. The god consents but warns the wizard that fire might reveal more than he would want to know. In the inferno that follows, which he cannot escape, the wizard discovers to his horror that he himself is in fact a figment of someone else's imagination.