The Lottery in Babylon (translated from the Spanish) by Jorge Luis in Spanish can be found at Expert Answers Basket The Lottery in Babylon is a fantasy short story by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges Original title, “La lotería en Babilonia”. Translator. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Probablemente el mayor escritor que haya nacido en . Another story in this collection, “La loteria en Babilonia” reminds me of.

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The Lottery in Babylon

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An Do rated it liked it Jul 11, With this reform, the buyers of numbered rectangles ran the double chance of winning a sum of money or of paying a fine, sometimes considerable. The consequences were incalculable. In reality, the number of drawings is infinite. Oct 14, J. The ignorant suppose that infinite drawings require an infinite time; in reality, it is enough that time be infinitely divisible, as the famous parable of Achilles and loteriia Tortoise demonstrates.

It was the first appearance of non-pecuniary elements in the lottery. A plot turn I would have added would be to show the extend this responsibility-free lifestyle could have led to.

Another fascinating short story on how providence, I suppose, might be perceived differently when the context is altered.


The Babylonians flocked to the game. He would relate truthfully or not I cannot say that barbers gave out rectangles made of bone or parchment and adorned with symbols in exchange for copper coins. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It all may be predestined or it may not. Further, participation became mandatory for all but the elite. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It is well known that the operations of this method are in general trustworthy; although, naturally, they are not divulged without a measure of deceit.

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Chris rated it it was amazing Jul 30, Initially, the lottery was run as a lottery would be, with tickets purchased and the winner receiving a monetary reward. The story describes a mythical Babylon in which all activities are dictated by an all-encompassing lotterya metaphor for the role of chance in one’s life. Indirect falsehood is also practiced. The narration was mediocre, but perfectly bearable for the minutes this audiobook lasted.

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. The procedure, as you can see, was simple. Another, no less vile, reasons that to affirm or deny the reality of the Company is inconsequential, as Babylon is nothing but an infinite game of chance.

The narrator notes that it is surprising that no general theory of gaming had existed for a long time, but that after numerous debates “of a legal and mathematical nature”, such a theory had begun to form. Besides, who would boast of being a mere impostor?


It observed also that those lions and the sacred squatting place, although not disclaimed by the Company which did not renounce the right to consult themfunctioned without official guarantee.

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But how far is human greed able to go? This laconicism, almost unnoticed at the time, was of capital importance. James Carnrike rated it really liked it Jan 22, Jul 04, Nu rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love Borges, and this was another amazing exercise in thinking.

The Lottery in Babylon by Jorge Luis Borges

Some moralists reasoned that the possession of money did not always bring about happiness and that other forms of fortune are perhaps more immediate. They were drawn with them being returned after each draw. To view it, click here. Articles lacking sources from October All articles lacking sources All stub articles. There is not much mathematics in this short story, but perhaps just enough to justify its inclusion in this database.