I would like this volume to be read sub quadam specie æternitatis, in a hedonistic way, uninfluenced by theories I do not profess, nor by facts of my biography. I composed it hedonistically; I only collected what I liked or what I liked at the time I chose it.
Pliny the Younger, in book three of his Letters, writes that no book is so bad that it does not contain something good. This judgment that Cervantes read, confirms my suspicion that beauty is a common thing.
It would be very strange if this anthology, which covers more than half a century, did not include a page or a line worthy of attention or of being remembered.
Jorge Luis Borges