Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (; Spanish: [ˈxorxe ˈlwis ˈborxes]  audio ; 24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986) was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish-language literature. His best-known books, Ficciones (Fictions) and El Aleph (The Aleph), published in the 1940s, are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy, and religion.

Borges' works have contributed to philosophical literature and the fantasy genre. Critic Ángel Flores, the first to use the term magical realism to define a genre that reacted against the dominant realism and naturalism of the 19th century, considers the beginning of the movement to be the release of Borges' A Universal History of Infamy (Historia universal de la infamia). However, some critics consider Borges to be a predecessor and not actually a magical realist. His late poems dialogue with such cultural figures as Spinoza, Camões, and Virgil.

In 1914, Borges' family moved to Switzerland, where he studied at the Collège de Genève. The family travelled widely in Europe, including 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. In 1955, he was appointed director of the National Public Library and professor of English Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. He became completely blind by the age of 55; as he never learned braille, he became unable to read. Scholars have suggested that his progressive blindness helped him to create innovative literary symbols through imagination.

In 1961, he came to international attention when he received the first Formentor prize (Prix International), which he shared with Samuel Beckett. In 1971, he won the Jerusalem Prize. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and Europe. Borges himself was fluent in several languages. He dedicated his final work, The Conspirators, to the city of Geneva, Switzerland.

His international reputation was consolidated in the 1960s, aided by his works being available in English, by the Latin American Boom and by the success of García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. Writer and essayist J. M. Coetzee said of him: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists."

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    The Garden of Forking Paths
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    The Book of Imaginary Beings
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    The Library of Babel
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    Ficciones
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    The Aleph
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    Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote
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    The Zahir
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    The South
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    Funes the Memorious
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    The Aleph
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    The Circular Ruins
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    The Lottery in Babylon
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    Death and the Compass
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    On Exactitude in Science
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    The Secret Miracle
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    A Universal History of Infamy
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    The House of Asterion
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    Three Versions of Judas
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    The Two Kings and the Two Labyrinths
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    Borges and I
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    The Gospel According to Mark
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    The Immortal
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    Deutsches Requiem
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    A New Refutation of Time
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    The Form of the Sword
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    Blue Tigers
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    Theme of the Traitor and the Hero
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    Emma Zunz
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    The Sect of the Phoenix
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    The Other
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    An Examination of the Work of Herbert Quain
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    The Dead Man
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    El libro de arena
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    The Writing of the God
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    The End
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    Dreamtigers
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    There Are More Things
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    Ulrikke
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    The Encounter
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    The Disk
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    The Wait
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    The Congress
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    When Fiction Lives in Fiction
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    Shakespeare's Memory
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    The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim
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    The Man on the Threshold
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    Averroes's Search
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    Story of the Warrior and the Captive
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    The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim
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