Other Inquisitions 1937-1952  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Otras inquisiciones 1937-1952 (1952) is a collection of essays and literary criticism by Jorge Luis Borges. Its English title is Other Inquisitions 1937-1952 and was published in 1964.

It includes essays on Blaise Pascal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Francisco de Quevedo, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oscar Wilde and Franz Kafka. The essays are oftentimes philosophical (lots of attention given to the problem of universals), largely non-fiction with an occasional sprinkling of fictitious asides.


Contents of the first edition:

"Let us ask ourselves sincerely whether the swallow of this summer is a different one than the swallow of the first summer, and whether the miracle of bringing something forth from nothingness has really occurred millions of times between the two, to be mocked an equal number of times by absolute annihilation. Whoever hears me say that this cat playing here now is the same one that frolicked and romped in this place three hundred years ago may think of me what he will, but it is a stranger madness to imagine that he is fundamentally different."

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