A portrait of the Latin-American writer and poet draws on interviews and previously unavailable sources to cover such topics as Borges's ancestry in Argentina, the passions and challenges that marked his life, and the evolution of his political ideas. 25,000 first printing.
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Edwin Williamson is King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish and Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. A leading international expert on Cervantes, he is the author of the Penguin History of Latin America.From Publishers Weekly:
Only one of the most paradoxical men of 20th-century Spanish-language letters could have authored an equally complicated literary work such as Labyrinths. And Jorge Luis Borges's life (1899–1986) imitated his art. In this dynamic biography, Spanish literature scholar Williamson (The Penguin History of Latin America) pieces together the life of Argentina's elusive literary master against a backdrop of the country's history and the author's oeuvre. While Borges was known as a rebel of narrative form and a crusader against conservative politics, Williamson argues that in spite of his ultracerebral writing style, he lived and died with very ordinary regrets. Borges was the son of battling parents from opposing political parties and the grandson of some of Argentina's most revered military generals. Williamson shows the young writer (whom he nicknames "Georgie" for effect) as a weakling and social recluse, unable to defend himself from the world's bullies. Ultimately, Borges chose the pen over the valiant dagger, so often used in his family's bloody history, as a means of protection. Later in life, displeased with his early books of essays, he set out to buy and burn all available copies. With just the right balance of fact and insight to make for a composed and not overly inflated biography, Williamson's psychoanalysis of Borges in love and in alienation is compelling. Replete with the most detailed facts about the air surrounding Borges, the book maintains human drama without overloading on unnecessary facts to create a poignant overview of a peculiar man.
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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. This unique portrait of the father of magic realism shows Borges in love and despair; his relations with family and friends; his political passions and stand-off against Peron; and the conflicts, desires and obsessions that drove the man and shaped his work. . . . astonishingly vivid and original . . . takes the reader far beyond any previous point in understanding the life of the Argentine master. HAROLD BLOOM. Nº de ref. de la librería 1758
Descripción Viking, NY, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. NEW BOOK and DJ, both in GIFT-quality MINT condition, and with new Mylar protection. // Hardcover edition, 574 pages, illustrated. // You want this book. Nº de ref. de la librería 105101
Descripción Viking, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110670885797
Descripción Viking, 2004. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0670885797