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A Week in Literary History

August 24th, 2002

Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (Ficciones, 1962) is born in Buenos Aires in 1899.

borgesbyavedonJorge Luis Borges, b. August 24, 1899, d. 1986

The blind bibliophile Borges implausibly rocketed to fame in the Sixties with the translation of his prose pieces into English, sparking a cottage industry for a generation of library-bound PhD candidates, but his cachet faded fast. One is reminded of the remark that, we think, Nabokov made, to this effect: “In first reading Borges, I felt that I was standing on the porch of a magnificent baroque mansion, about to enter. After further reading, I realized that the porch was not attached to any house.”

Suggested Reading Stories Ficciones, 1944. The Aleph, 1949. The Book of Sand, 1975. Parables and Poems El Haceador, 1960. Essays Other Inquisitions, 1952.

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