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The Cambridge Companion to Jorge Luis Borges (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Jorge Luis Borges (1899 1986) was one of the great writers of the twentieth century and the most influential author in the Spanish language of modern times. He had a seminal influence on Latin American literature and a lasting impact on literary fiction in many other languages. However, Borges has been accessible in English only through a number of anthologies drawn mainly ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published December 5th 2013 by Cambridge University Press
(first published November 30th 2013)
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An occasionally dry and academic series of essays, but they are nonetheless interesting because they're all about Borges' writing, and they're written by people a lot smarter than I am. Every essay contains potentially useful ideas and information that I'm certain I will return to read again.
This is a clearly written companion piece to the difficult fiction of Jorge Luis Borges. There is wonderful chapter at the end that shows how his life, particularly his difficulties with women, impacted his fiction and poetry. I also appreciated the analysis of philosophical and religious themes in the work of Borges. For instance, there is intelligent discussion of the relationship of notions of idealism (that all reality is mental), nominalism (that there are no universals, only particular ...more
Nov 05, 2016 the gift rated it liked it
nowhere as interesting as borges's own reviews of imaginary books. if you like his work this is good, if you do not know it... this will not help much. series of essays, some good, some less...
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