Jorge Luis Borges

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Jorge Luis Borges AKA Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges

Argentina 1899 – 1986

Comments: Magical Realism fiction author; essays; dreams, labyrinths, and mirrors; part of the "Latin American Boom" published in paperback by Avon books; the Ultraist movement; Blind in later life;

Teachers: Athanasius Kircher; John Wilkins; Dante Alighieri; Franz Kafka; Søren Kierkegaard; Baruch Spinoza; Virgil; Oscar Wilde; Maurice Abramowicz; Arthur Schopenhauer ; Gustav Meyrink, author of The Golem; Walt Whitman; Guillaume Apollinaire; Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Futurist; Snorri Sturluson; Edgar Allan Poe; Hermann Hesse; Rudyard Kipling; William Faulkner; André Gide; Virginia Woolf ; Brian O’Nolan aka Flann O’Brien ;

Students:Colin Wilson; Jacques Derrida; Michel Foucault; Nestor Ibarra ; Ana María Barrenechea; Anthony Boucher; Pierre Assouline ;

Friends: Samuel Beckett; Gabriel García Márquez; J. M. Coetzee; Rafael Cansinos Assens; Ramón Gómez de la Serna; Juan Rulfo; Juan José Arreola; Alejo Carpentier; Victoria Ocampo; Adolfo Bioy Casares; Norman Thomas di Giovanni; Elsa Astete Millán, wife; María Kodama; General Pedro Eugenio Aramburu;

Enemies: Ángel Flores; Hitler; President Juan Domingo Perón and Eva Peron;


Author: Ficciones (1944); The Aleph (1949); A Universal History of Infamy (1935); The Conspirators; translated The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde; "Pierre Menard, Author of The Quixote", 1939; El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Paths, 1941; "Emma Zunz"; El libro de los seres imaginarios AKA Book of Imaginary Beings, (1967,with Margarita Guerrero); El informe de Brodie (Dr. Brodie's Report, 1970); El libro de arena (The Book of Sand, 1975); Siete noches (Seven Nights) ; Nueve ensayos dantescos (Nine Dantesque Essays); "Yo, Judío" ("I, a Jew"); Deutsches Requiem, 1946; "The Congress", 1971; "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" ;"A New Refutation of Time" ; “Of Exactitude in Science”;

Quotes: Q: “In a riddle whose answer is chess, what is the only prohibited word?”

A: 'Chess'

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