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Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations [Paperback]

Jorge Luis Borges , Richard Burgin

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Nov. 1 1998 Literary Conversations
Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations edited by Richard Burgin Jorge Luis Borges, one of the indisputably great writers of the twentieth century, was born in Buenos Aires in 1899. Never having been awarded the Nobel Prize, which his readers worldwide believed he deserved, this story writer, poet, essayist, and man of letters died at age eighty-six. This anthology of interviews with him features more than a dozen conversations that cover all phases of his life and work. Conducted between 1964 and 1984, the interviews reveal Borges to be a remarkably candid, humorous, by turns skeptical and enthusiastic, and always a singularly incisive and adventurous thinker. He discusses his blindness, his family and childhood, early travels, literary friends, and struggles to find his literary identity. In depth he examines the meanings and intentions of his own famous stories and poems, and he speaks of the writers whose works he has loved-Dante, Cervantes, Emerson, Dickinson, H. G. Wells, Kafka, Stevenson, Kipling, Whitman, Frost, and Faulkner-and of those whom he disliked, such as Hemingway and Lorca. Borges expresses his contempt for Peron and assesses the tumultuous politics of Argentina. He speaks also of the imagination as a type of dreaming, about issues of collaboration and translation, about philosophy, and about time. Many of the interviews were conducted by notable figures, including Alastair Reid, Willis Barnstone, and Ronald Christ. As Borges speaks in these conversations, readers who have fallen under the spell of his magical prose and poetry will find additional sustenance. Richard Burgin is associate professor of communications and English at Saint Louis University.

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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (Nov. 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578060761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578060764
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 14.9 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #953,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The late Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer was a seminal figure in Latin American literature, but his influence spread well beyond the western hemisphere. Genius stood behind Borges' talent, as evidenced in every interview collected here. His absolute devotion to books and writing comes to the fore on every page, as does his devotion to Argentina and being Argentine. Discussion of the effects of his blindness on his lifestyle cannot be, and is not, avoided; and, of course, Borges could not be above politics, at least in his thinking, in a country where whoever is in charge has much to do with one's daily life. Any one interviewer can only hope to break the surface of Borges' labyrinthine mind, but in a series of interviews, with, as it happens here, so little duplication of questioning, much more depth and dimension can be illuminated. Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jorge Puell April 11 2008
By Jorge Puell Ortiz - Published on Amazon.com
In a world where everyone is thinking about knowing the most hidden secrets of the life, Borges, when is asked to give some advice to the younger generation, only says:

I don't think I can give advice to other people. I've hardly been able to manage my own life. pp 75.

what a man.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read Oct. 2 2000
By anon - Published on Amazon.com
This offers a series of interviews in chronlogical order (from 1966 until shortly before his death in '85) While he is good humored and self effacing he never lets you know more than he wants you to. There are also certain repetitons of ideas that occur, but anyone that has read Borges before will be used to that. To some extent it happans with most of the better writers in varying degrees anyways. Even with the repetitions it never comes across like he is doing memorized routines (which sometimes happans with William burroughs interviews)all in all important insight into the mind of an important writer.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He lived in literature and literature lived in him Oct. 20 2004
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
He lived in Literature and Literature lived in him. Books were for him his truest friends and the secret intimates of his soul. When he spoke to another he spoke always to himself and to the books within him. But because he knew books so well and loved them so much all his speaking too became a book .And in the end even his final words there were books talking to books and talking to more books.

So for those of us who also love books , his particular love of books taught us so so much - but only in books.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Borges! April 23 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Borges is great in in his writings, and almost as good in conversation. Witty, urbane, stylish, Borges shows that conversation can be as exciting as literature. Buy now!

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