Edwin Williamson's major new biography is the first in any language to encompass the entire span of Jorge Luis Borges's life and work. Drawing upon previously unknown or unavailable sources, it brings out the human side of Borges: his roots in Argentina, the evolution of his political ideas, his relations with family and friends; the conflicts, desires, and obsessions that drove the man and shaped his work. Williamson's definitive biography finally unlocks the mysteries that still surround hte life of Borges, resulting in a compelling and poignant portrait that will radically transform established views of this modern master.
Edwin Williamson is the author of the Penguin History of Latin America and other books on both Latin America and the Golden Age of Spain. He is the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish in the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Exeter College.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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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: 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. Codice libro della libreria 1758
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