A la recherche du temps perdu

"If the pages of this book contain some successful verse, the reader must excuse me the discourtesy of having usurped it first. Our nothingness differs little; it is a trivial and chance circumstance that you should be the reader of these exercises and I their author."
—  Jorge Luis Borges,¬†Fervor of Buenos Aires, trans.¬†Seamus Heaney