Jorge Luis Borges

Fiction Short Stories Poetry

4.2/5 (298,286 ratings)
Born
August 23 1899
Died
1313 06 19861986
Influences
Dante, Schopenhauer, Kafka, Kipling, Wells, Stevenson, Reyes, Whitman, Fernández, Cervantes, Casares, Schwob, Chesterton, Blake, Quevedo, De Quincey, Swedenborg
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges , was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it.

Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. In 1955, he was appointed director of the National Public Library and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961, he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.

J. M. Coetzee said of Borges: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists."

Jorge Luis Borges

Fiction Short Stories Poetry

4.2/5 (298,286 ratings)
Born
August 23 1899
Died
1313 06 19861986
Influences
Dante, Schopenhauer, Kafka, Kipling, Wells, Stevenson, Reyes, Whitman, Fernández, Cervantes, Casares, Schwob, Chesterton, Blake, Quevedo, De Quincey, Swedenborg
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges , was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in several languages. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it.

Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. In 1955, he was appointed director of the National Public Library and professor of Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961, he came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.

J. M. Coetzee said of Borges: "He, more than anyone, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists."

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