25 February 2011

Jorge Luis Borges

We have a new set of materials featuring the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges - one of the few authors to create an international reputation on the strength of only having written short stories. The first two item are a short biographical study and a review of The Total Library. His life was full of curious paradoxes (a rhetorical trope which he often features in his stories). He was made head of the National Library - just at the time he became blind; and he lived most of his life with his elderly mother - though he was married twice. Because he only wrote short stories, many people assume that he didn't write very much, but in fact he never stopped writing - producing book reviews, essays, journalism, film reviews, and philosophic studies. The Total Library is an impressive collection of this output, ranging from his earliest newspaper articles from the 1920s to pieces he wrote shortly before his death in 1986.

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