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Jorge Luis Borges

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Year Borges shared the Formentor Prize for unpublished works with Samuel Beckett, which made Borges famous 1961 Age at which Borges translated Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince into Spanish ~9 Pages in every book in Borges’s infinite library 410 Authors of Don Quixote in Borges’s story “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote” 2 Ficcionesby the Numbers Sources: Borges: A Life by Edwin Williamson, The Economist, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Poetry Foundation Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Erik Lönnrot, “Death and the Compass” eality may avoid the obligation to be interesting, but ... hypotheses may not. As a child in Argentina, Borges spent long hours reading in his father’s extensive English library. Borges’s stories reflect his boyhood fascination with H.G. Wells’s time travel and Miguel de Cervantes’s adventures of Don Quixote. In his middle age Borges worked in a library but lost the job for political reasons. JORGE LUIS BORGES1899–1986 Author Labyrinths Symbolize the wanderer’s perplexity and the maze-maker’s attempt to reach infinity Mirrors Represent the creation of artificial worlds and fictional universes through art and philosophy Symbols Ireneo Funes Accidental savant in “Funes, the Memorious” Jaromir Hladík Condemned man in “The Secret Miracle” John Vincent Moon Repentant coward in “The Form of the Sword” Erik Lönnrot Master detective in “Death and the Compass” Pierre Menard Impractical author in “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote” Main Characters Copies Fictional worlds and imitated books become more real, and more valued, than the originals. Infinity Humans are mortal, but thought and art can open onto endlessness. Interpretation Detectives, spies, and scholars examine texts for multiple meanings. A World of Labyrinths & Paradoxes In such diverse settings as ancient Babylon and modern Argentina, the stories of Ficciones present mazelike puzzles and philosophical paradoxes. Borges’s mystics, detectives, and solitary men of letters are more interested in elegant ideas than in truth. The stories make strange worlds familiar and the familiar world strange. THEMES French Original Language 1946 Years Published Jean-Paul Sartre Author Spanish Original Language 1944 Year Published Jorge Luis Borges Author Ficciones Fiction Short Stories

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