Who is Jorge Luis Borges?

  • (noun): Argentinian writer remembered for his short stories (1899-1986).
    Synonyms: Borges, Jorge Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (24 August 1899 – 14 June 1986), known as Jorge Luis Borges, was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator born in Buenos Aires. His work embraces the "character of unreality in all literature". His most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, animals, fictional writers, philosophy, religion and God. His works have contributed to philosophical literature and also to both the fantasy and magical realism genres. The magical realism genre reacted against the realism/naturalism of the nineteenth century. In fact, critic Angel Flores, the first to use the term, set the beginning of this movement with Borges's Historia universal de la infamia (A Universal History of Infamy) (1935). Scholars have also suggested that Borges's progressive blindness helped him to create innovative literary symbols through imagination. His late poems dialogue with such cultural figures as Spinoza, Camões, and Virgil.

Read more about Jorge Luis Borges.

Some articles on Jorge Luis Borges:

List Of Compositions By Juan María Solare - Lieder
... (About 1981) "Vocalise" for voice and piano (About 1982) "Ajedrez I y II", (Jorge Luis Borges) voice and piano (1986) To Mauricio Carlón ... Ambos lados del ocaso" (Jorge Luis Borges) viola and soprano (1989) "Más allá del amor" (Javier Adúriz) mezzosoprano, violin, viola, clarinet (1992) "Ich ... Text Argentine folklore, partially transmitted by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Jorge Luis Borges ...
Jorge Luis Borges - Influences - Mathematics
... The essay collection Borges y la Matemática (Borges and Mathematics, 2003) by Argentine mathematician and writer Guillermo Martínez, outlines how Borges used concepts from mathematics in his work ... Martínez states that Borges had, for example, at least a superficial knowledge of set theory, which he handles with elegance in stories such as "The ... Other books such as The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel by William Goldbloom Bloch (2008) and Unthinking Thinking Jorge Luis Borges, Mathematics, and the New Physics by Floyd ...
María Kodama
... March 10, 1937) is the widow of Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges and sole owner of his estate after his death in 1986 ... Borges had bequeathed to Kodama his rights as author in a will written in 1979, when she was his literary secretary, and bequeathed to her his whole estate in 1985 ... They were married in 1986, shortly before the death of Borges ...
Latin American Literature - Prominent Writers
... Latin American author of any century is the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges ... If you read Borges frequently and closely, you become something of a Borgesian, because to read him is to activate an awareness of literature in which he has gone farther than anybody else." Among the novelists ... Borges opined that it was "the Don Quixote of Latin America." The most important literary prize of the Spanish language is widely considered to be the Cervantes Prize of Spain ...

Famous quotes containing the words jorge luis borges, jorge luis, luis borges, borges and/or luis:

    Writing long books is a laborious and impoverishing act of foolishness: expanding in five hundred pages an idea that could be perfectly explained in a few minutes. A better procedure is to pretend that those books already exist and to offer a summary, a commentary.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

    It is known that Whistler when asked how long it took him to paint one of his “nocturnes” answered: “All of my life.” With the same rigor he could have said that all of the centuries that preceded the moment when he painted were necessary. From that correct application of the law of causality it follows that the slightest event presupposes the inconceivable universe and, conversely, that the universe needs even the slightest of events.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

    The truth is that we live out our lives putting off all that can be put off; perhaps we all know deep down that we are immortal and that sooner or later all men will do and know all things.
    —Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

    Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
    —Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

    Reading ... is an activity subsequent to writing: more resigned, more civil, more intellectual.
    —Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)