Jorge Luis Borges

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Jorge Luis Borges

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Born: August 24, 1899 in Buenos Aires

Died: 14 g of of June 1986.

Jorge Luis Borges (Spanish. Jorge Luis Borges; August 24, 1899, Buenos Aires – 14 June 1986, Geneva) – Argentine novelist, poet and essayist.

Borges was born in 1899 in Buenos Aires. His full name – Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo), however, the Argentine tradition, he never used it. From the father of Borges have been Spanish and Irish roots. Mother Borges took place, apparently, from a family of Portuguese Jews (the names of her parents – and Pinedo Acevedo – belong to the most renowned Jewish families of immigrants from Portugal to Buenos Aires). Borges himself claimed that it flows Basque, Andalusian, Jewish, English, Portuguese and Norman blood. In the house we were talking in Spanish and in English. At the age of ten years, Borges translated the well-known tale of Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince».

Borges himself has described his entry into literature: From my very childhood, when his father was struck by blindness in our family silence implied that I must carry out in the literature what the circumstances are not given to make my father. It was taken for granted (such as the belief is much more than just expressed wishes). It was expected that I would be a writer. I began to write in six or seven years.

In 1914, the family went on a vacation to Europe. However, due to World War I returned to Argentina postponed. In 1918, Jorge moved to Spain, where he joined the ultraistam – avant-garde group of poets. December 31, 1919 in the Spanish magazine “Greece”appeared first poem by Jorge Luis. Returning to Argentina in 1921, Borges ultraism embodied in the rhyming verses of Buenos Aires. Already in his early works he shone erudition, knowledge of languages ​​and philosophy, skillfully mastered word. Over time, Borges moved away from poetry and began writing”fantasy”fiction. Many of his best short stories included in the collection Fictions (Ficciones, 1944), Intricacies (Labyrinths, 1960) and Brody Post (El Informe de Brodie, 1971). In”Death and the compass”struggle with the chaos of the human intellect appears as a criminal investigation; story”Funes, the miracle of memory” draws an image of a man literally submerged memories.

In the years 1937-1946 he worked as a librarian Borges, he later called it the “deeply unhappy nine years,” even though at that time there were the first of his masterpieces. After coming to power of Peron in 1946, Borges was dismissed from the post of library. Fate regained him the post of librarian in 1955, and very honorable – Director of the National Library of Argentina – but by the time Borges was blind. Borges served as director until 1973.

Jorge Luis Borges with Bioy Casares and Adolfo Silvina Ocampo was involved in the creation of the famous anthology of fantastic literature in 1940 and the Argentine poetry anthology in 1941.

In the early 1950s, Borges returned to poetry; poems of this period are mostly elegiac character, written in classic dimensions, with rhyme. In them, as in his other works, dominated by the theme of the maze, the mirror and the world, treated as a never-ending book.


Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923) / Glow in Buenos Aires

Luna de enfrente (1925) / Moon opposite

Inquisiciones (1925) / Investigations

El tamaño de mi esperanza (1926) / The size of my hope

El otro, el mismo (1964) / The other, the same

Para las seis cuerdas (1965) / For the six strings

El libro de los seres imaginarios (1967) / Book of Imaginary Beings (in collaboration with Margarita Guerrero )

Elogio de la sombra (1969) / Praise the shadows

El informe de Brodie (1970) / “Message Brody”

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