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The Man in the Mirror of the Book - A Life of Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges is among the select company of 20th-century writers whose names have been converted into adjectives. Exactly what Borgesian means is hard to pin down. But when we come across a metaphysical riddle of a story--one in which life seems to be interrogated by literature--then we are surely entering Borges's sphere of influence. And given the author's slender o ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published December 5th 1996 by Trafalgar Square
(first published July 4th 1996)
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Sep 04, 2013 Robert Boyd rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I read Emir Rodriguez Monegal's biography of Borges some 25 years ago. Woodall's biography was the first published in English after Borges died, and he criticizes ERM for trying to psychoanalyze Borges and for being too much of a fanboy. Since ERM was a life-long friend and acolyte of Borges, he can be forgiven. Woodall refers to ERM's biography quite a lot. What Woodall adds is a sense of Borges in his milieu--in Spain in the 20s, in Buenos Aires in the 30s, 40s and 50s, and as a citizen of the ...more
A slender account of Borges, yet still informative on many levels, which I knew very little about before. I had only read his stories and poems, some random essays, so he was a bit of a mystery to me. I just felt as if the writer was holding back things for the sake of a more palatable terse account that might have more commercial appeal. I found myself just thinking he was lazy or covering for his laziness in many places, but still I enjoyed knowing some bare-bones information on Borges childho ...more