Wed 6 Dec 2006
This story begins with the narrator telling us of the death of the woman he loved. Visiting her family each year on her birthday, the narrator tells us of the closeness he finds with her family, and with a poet, her cousin, whom he despises. After some time he learns that the poet’s house is to be demolished, in which he has been working on an epic poem about the Universe. An Aleph exists in the poet’s basement, and is the inspiration for his poem. After visiting his home, and seeing the Aleph, Borges pretends not to because of his hatred for this fellow writer. In the end we hear that he wins an award for writing, and that his house is eventually torn down.