Borges and His Fiction: A Guide to His Mind and Art by Gene H. Bell-Villada

By Gene H. Bell-Villada

Due to the fact its first e-book in 1981, "Borges and His Fiction" has brought the existence and works of this Argentinian master-writer to a whole iteration of scholars, highschool and school lecturers, and basic readers. Responding to a gentle call for for an up-to-date version, Gene H. Bell-Villada has considerably revised and multiplied the ebook to include new info that has develop into to be had due to the fact Borges' dying in 1986. specifically, he deals a extra entire examine Borges and Peronism and Borges' own reports of affection and mysticism, in addition to revised interpretations of a few of Borges' tales. As prior to, the booklet is split into 3 sections that learn Borges' lifestyles, his tales in Ficciones and El Aleph, and his position in global literature. the writer of numerous works of feedback and fiction, Gene H. Bell-Villada is Professor and Chair of Romance Languages at Williams collage in Massachusetts.

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Back in liberated France they brought word of his tales and began placing them in magazines such as Sartre’s Les temps modernes. The first foreign edition of Borges’s stories, a volume entitled Fictions, appeared in France 6 borges’s worlds in 1951. The 1961 Prix Formentor (whose jury included the prestigious Gallimard publishing house) was the take-off point in Borges’s recognition in Europe. 2 The Prix Formentor first caused Borges’s name and face to be printed and publicized throughout his homeland.

Garcı´a Ma´rquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude portrays a remote village in Colombia, yet Colombia and its geography are seldom men- Buenos Aires and Beyond 11 tioned, though convincingly evoked; at the same time, there are tales of journeys across the globe, with numerous place-names given. Garcı´a Ma´rquez’s cast of characters includes a learned gypsy, an Italian dance teacher, a Catalan bookseller, a Belgian entomologist, various North American banana-company types, and even the Wandering Jew.

Though Borges’s stories are the works most immediately associated with his name, they form but a fraction of his total output—some forty books and probably thousands of magazine articles. Moreover, as we saw earlier, not a few of those stories make use of Argentine subjects; in the same way, roughly half of Borges’s lyric verse (some three or four hundred pages) has a nativist touch and deals with Buenos Aires landmarks or Argentine historical figures. Borges’s literary journalism—written for local consumption and published in small journals, news dailies, and middlebrow magazines such as Hogar (Home), where in the 1930s Borges reviewed foreign books 9—far outweighs, in terms of bulk, the fine-grained stories on which his global fame rests.

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