My friend B is wonderful. We’ve had a bit of a tradition that she organises my birthday present months in advance, and in the past she has taunted me with this for said months. Not this time, though, so opening a package to discover Borges and the Eternal Orang-utans (by Luis Fernando Verissimo) was a delight. She did the IB, and had to read Borges, which she didn’t really like; I borrowed it from her and loved it – absolutely loved it, and I can’t think why I haven’t gone out and invested in more of his stuff since then. Anyway, it’s perfectly apt from her to me.
I can’t wait to read it… I haven’t heard of the ‘Eternal Orang-utan’ before, so whether this is an invention of Verissimo’s put into John Dee’s mouth, or not, I am not sure… but if it is Dee’s original, I wonder if this is where Pratchett got his idea of the librarian being turned into an orangutan from?