Si hay juego en esa álgebra metafísica con que Borges captura el universo, también lo hay en la praxis de su elaboración narrativa. No son gratuitos el recurso de la historia que se encierra en otra historia, la alteración de las causas y de las consecuencias por obra de una retórica que puede conceder igual importancia a lo trivial y a lo trascendente, la aparente declaración de ingenuidad, los símbolos citados al azar, la perplejidad, el libro ficticio, el libro verdadero, el sendero que se bifurca, la desaparición de Averroes frente al espejo, la brevedad con que un adjetivo restituye la alegoría o amenaza con el absurdo, la vehemencia de una imagen de sí misma, las alusiones. (De la contratapa)
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes]), was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it.
Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. In 1955, he was appointed director of the National Public Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961, he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.
J. M. Coetzee said of Borges: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists."