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Jorge Luis Borges’ Scrapbook
Scrapbook

Origin

Jorge Luis Borges’ The Garden with Forking Paths

Type

Scrapbook

Effects

Shows alternate versions of recorded history

Downsides

Extremely difficult to use, can cause separation from a sense of reality

Activation

Reading

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Sprague-72C

Aisle

738688-2045

Shelf

367662-1953-742

Date of Collection

November 20, 1989

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OriginEdit

Jorge Luis Borges was a celebrated Argentine essayist and short story writer known for his magical surrealist stories. Many were compiled into various collections and detail the concepts of dreams, mirrors, libraries labyrinths and religion. The notebook in which Borges compiled all the concepts and ideas for his short story The Garden with Forking Paths.

EffectsEdit

The book presents the reader with detailed, simultaneous accounts of the endless branching outcomes of events throughout history, focused mostly around human history. Intense concentration on the book's contents will cause the reader to experience the branching paths within their mind. On its own, though, the book provides a chaotic jumble of branching paths of any and all events on Earth. A reader attempting to decipher the book's contents in this way will inevitably lose themselves the endless maze of events and their touch with reality.

The chaos of this information can tamed by inserting a bookmark, allowing the reader to select a specific event as a point of reference and who/what they wish to follow from it (i.e. beginning with Lincoln's assassination, then following Booth and the branching outcomes of his escape). Even then, interpreting the simultaneous flow of outcomes and focusing on the desired chain requires a fair deal of concentration and comprehension.

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