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Borges' Library of Babel in Minecraft (with short story)

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This Minecraft world is a respectful parody of Jorge Luis Borges' famous short story "The Library of Babel," recreated in Minecraft. We have attempted to reproduce as well as we could the spirit of the world envisioned in this amazing story by a master of the surreal.

The story is told on signs found in the various rooms of the Library. A secret code reveals where to go to read the next part of the story.

The world was saved in Minecraft 1.7.9.

woodspeople and redmechanic

The book on google books:

The short story on archive.org:

Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Library_of_Babel

Listen to it being read on-line:
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02/14/2016 2:57 pm
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I did notice a couple of little issues with the map. The signs didn't seem to display all of the text of the story (though that might have been an issue on my end of things). Also (and this is just a stylistic opinion of mine) I feel like you could've varied the structure of the hallways to some degree, rather than just making one line. However, this could simply be a choice based on the limitations of the square-based format of Minecraft being mapped onto a hexagon-based universe. No matter what, I absolutely love it :)
02/13/2016 10:22 pm
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This world is absolutely amazing. I am a huge bibliophile (book nerd), & the works of Jorge Luis Borges are some of the most beautiful stories that I've ever read. I thank you profusely for creating a wonderful vision of his story in Minecraft, one of the best building tools ever made. Also, I really like how you wrote out the story on signs & left sources concerning the story in this website's description. If you ever want any help on a similar endeavour to this one, let me know; I'd love to build something elaborate & beautiful :)
So Long & Thanks For All the Fish,
Lawrence Calablaster