The Borges Enigma
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314 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Monografías A

Series Vol. Number: 396

Imprint: Tamesis Books

The Borges Enigma

Mirrors, Doubles, and Intimate Puzzles

by Cynthia Lucy Stephens

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Explores Borges's supreme literary craftsmanship and the intimate puzzles of his fictions.
Borges once stated that he had never created a character: 'It's always me, subtly disguised'. This book focuses on the ways in which Borges uses events and experiences from his own life, in order to demonstrate how they become the principal structuring motifs of his work. It aims to show how these experiences, despite being 'heavily disguised', are crucial components of some of Borges's most canonical short stories, particularly from the famous collections Ficciones and El Aleph. Exploring the rich tapestry of symmetries, doubles and allusions and the roles played by translation and the figure of the creator, the book provides new readings of these stories, revealing their hidden personal, emotional and spiritual dimensions. These insights shed fresh light on Borges's supreme literary craftsmanship and the intimate puzzles of his fictions.
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations and Note on Translations
Introduction
Chapter 1: The 'Real' Borges
Chapter 2: Symmetries
Chapter 3: Doubles
Chapter 4: Allusiveness
Chapter 5: Translation
Chapter 6: The Creator
Conclusion
Bibliography

CYNTHIA LUCY STEPHENS is an independent scholar.

"The book provides a wealth of detail and is strongly recommended for anyone wishing to gain a deeper knowledge of the rich, strange worlds [Borges] created." THE LINGUIST

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Title Details

314 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Monografías A

Series Vol. Number: 396

Imprint: Tamesis Books