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
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