An expansive view of stories from Turkestan, as if they embody the sweeping spaces of the steppe, and the freedom of those who tell them. Take me to some tales from Turkestan…

‘The essence of the stories from Turkestan is generosity, a virtue of the plains and the shepherds, never of those who crush furrowed ground or pray for rainstorms or droughts.’ 

See also Karen Blixen on stories as therapy and David Boyle on the value of stories as an antidote to the tyranny of numbers.


Source: Jorge Luis Borges, On Writing, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2010, p. 138

Photo credits: AdinaVoicu at and Jean-Luc Crucifix at


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Quotation: Jorge Luis Borges on Turkestan stories; photo credit: Jean-Luc Crucifix at

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