At a glance:
- Author: Edwin Williamson
- First Published: 2004
- Type of Work: Literary biography
- Time of Work: 1899-1986
- Setting: Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Geneva, Switzerland
- Characters: Jorge Luis Borges, Leonor Acevedo, Jorge Guillermo Borges, Norah Borges, Fanny Haslam, Norah Lange, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Estela Canto, María Kodama
- Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
- Subjects: Tigers, Twentieth century, Authors or writers, Blindness or blind persons, Poetry or poets, Novelists, Argentina or Argentineans, South America or South Americans, Duels or dueling, Mirrors or lenses
- Locales: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Geneva, Switzerland
Although at first glance, Edwin Williamson's Borges: A Life seems an exhaustively comprehensive biography of Argentina's most famous writer, the reader will find that in the end, the subject remains enigmatic. This is true despite the fact that, as Williamson attempts to show and Jorge Luis Borges himself insisted, much of Borges's writing is autobiographical. Williamson, a professor of Spanish literature at Oxford University, takes great pains to psychoanalyze Borges, particularly through his writing, and succeeds in part because Borges's writing was actually more exciting than...
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