Borges, a Life

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Viking, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 574 pages
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Short story writer, essayist, and poet Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) revolutionized the literature of Latin America almost single-handedly and left a legion of readers and admirers worldwide.

Based on an unprecedented range of interviews and on research into previously unknown or unavailable resources, this is the first biography in any language to encompass the entire span of Borges’s life and work. In Borges, Edwin Williamson brings to life the little known human side of the writer: his ancestral roots in Argentina, his relations with family and friends, his passions and despairs, and the evolution of his political ideas. By correlating this new biographical information with Borges’s literary texts, Williamson also reconstructs the dynamics of his inner world—the conflicts, desires, and obsessions that drove the man and shaped his work. This major new study finally unlocks the mysteries that have obscured the life of Borges. The result is a compelling and often poignant portrait that will radically transform our views of this modern master.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Borges has had quite an interesting life - when taken together with his statement that all of his stories are, in a sense, autobiographical, it adds a lot to ones appreciation of his writings. He has ... Read full review

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User Review  - timjones - LibraryThing

An interesting yet ultimately irritating book, this seeks to cast Borges' entire life and work in terms of the opposition between the "sword of honour" of Borges' patrician maternal ancestors and the ... Read full review


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Edwin Williamson is King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish and Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. A leading international expert on Cervantes, he is the author of the Penguin History of Latin America.

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