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The late Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer was a seminal figure in Latin American literature, but his influence spread well beyond the western hemisphere. Genius stood behind Borges' talent, as evidenced in every interview collected here. His absolute devotion to books and writing comes to the fore on every page, as does his devotion to Argentina and being Argentine. Discussion of the effects of his blindness on his lifestyle cannot be, and is not, avoided; and, of course, Borges could not be above politics, at least in his thinking, in a country where whoever is in charge has much to do with one's daily life. Any one interviewer can only hope to break the surface of Borges' labyrinthine mind, but in a series of interviews, with, as it happens here, so little duplication of questioning, much more depth and dimension can be illuminated. Brad Hooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Burgin's books include the story collections Feat of Blue Skies, Private Fame, and Man without Memory. In his first book on Borges, Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, he was the sole interviewer. Burgin is the editor of Boulevard magazine and an associate professor of communication and English at Saint Louis University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Literary Conversations Series
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; First Edition edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578060761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578060764
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jorge Puell Ortiz on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
In a world where everyone is thinking about knowing the most hidden secrets of the life, Borges, when is asked to give some advice to the younger generation, only says:

I don't think I can give advice to other people. I've hardly been able to manage my own life. pp 75.

what a man.
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This offers a series of interviews in chronlogical order (from 1966 until shortly before his death in '85) While he is good humored and self effacing he never lets you know more than he wants you to. There are also certain repetitons of ideas that occur, but anyone that has read Borges before will be used to that. To some extent it happans with most of the better writers in varying degrees anyways. Even with the repetitions it never comes across like he is doing memorized routines (which sometimes happans with William burroughs interviews)all in all important insight into the mind of an important writer.
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He lived in Literature and Literature lived in him. Books were for him his truest friends and the secret intimates of his soul. When he spoke to another he spoke always to himself and to the books within him. But because he knew books so well and loved them so much all his speaking too became a book .And in the end even his final words there were books talking to books and talking to more books.

So for those of us who also love books , his particular love of books taught us so so much - but only in books.
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By A Customer on April 23, 2000
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Borges is great in in his writings, and almost as good in conversation. Witty, urbane, stylish, Borges shows that conversation can be as exciting as literature. Buy now!
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