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'A long, satisfying and penetrating gaze into the private life of an acknowledged genius, his work, his evasions, and his peculiar heartaches, "Georgie & Elsa" is the book that all lovers of Borges have longed for. It is a poignant story, at times a dark and hilarious narrative, and the most accurate portrait of the man and his method, by his closest collaborator and best translator.' PAUL THEROUX

‘Quirky and engaging.’ TELEGRAPH

'A ringside seat at an ill-fated marriage.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

‘This is a brilliant book – searing, unputdownable, fair minded, scrupulous and a real corrective to the Borges industry and the nonsense that industry promulgates.’ CARLO GEBLER

‘Di Giovanni’s book is the most explicit record one is likely to read of a writer’s domestic unhappiness.’ THE SPECTATOR

‘A hugely funny book that shrugs off the bizarre cloak of quasi-religious deference that has been shrouding Borges since his death.’ CATHOLIC HERALD

About the Author

Norman Thomas di Giovanni (born 1933) is an American-born editor and translator known for his collaboration with Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (May 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007524374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007524372
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juan C. Larach on December 15, 2014
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what elsewhere is speculation, this is closer to understanding Borges in his human character, warts and diamonds.
Well-written
An ode from diGiovanni to the master.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Madden on September 18, 2014
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Do not waste your money on this memoir. Here is why: http://www.literaryreview.co.uk/jackson_05_14.php
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Agustin E. Ferraro on August 27, 2014
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Very gossipy and intimate, a fascinating book about Borges as a human being. Far from blind hero worship, Di Giovanni has written a book which anyone with a degree of interest in Borges has to read. Excellent.
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