A Companion to Jorge Luis Borges

A Companion to Jorge Luis Borges

Steven Boldy

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An introduction to one of Latin America's most important authors.
Jorge Luis Borges is one of the key writers of the twentieth century in the context of both Hispanic and world literature. This Companion has been designed for keen readers of Borges whether they approach him in English or Spanish, within or outside a university context. It takes his stories and essays of the forties and fifties, especially Ficciones and El Aleph, to be his most significant works, and organizes its material in consequence. About two thirds of the book analyzes the stories of this period text by text. The early sections map Borges's intellectual trajectory up to the fifties in some detail, and up to his death more briefly. They aim to provide an account of the context which will allow the reader maximum access to the meaning and significance of his work and present a biographical narrative developed against the Argentine literary world in which Borges was a key player, the Argentine intellectual tradition in its historical context, and the Argentine and world politics to which his works respond in more or less obvious ways.

STEVEN BOLDY is Reader in Latin American Literature at the University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Family History, National History
Life and Literature
Metaphysics, the Cult of Courage
From Book Review to Fiction: "The Approach to Al-Mu'tasim"
Fictions Part I: The Garden of Forking Paths
Fictions Part II: Artifices
The Aleph


This will undoubtedly be a book that students will find useful [...] clearly written and informative, in company with the Fishburn and Hughes Dictionary of Borges: it is a worthy addition to the basic critical bibliography on Borges in English. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES El libro de Boldy ofrece un panorama compacto sobre la vida y la obra del autor, y seguro que es interesante para estudiantes y demás lectores que quieran informarse de una forma rápida y general. IBEROAMERICANA

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