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Description - Conversations by Jorge Luis Borges

Recorded during Jorge Luis Borges's final years, this second volume of his conversations with Osvaldo Ferrari provides a wide-ranging reflection on the life and work of Argentina's master writer and favorite conversationalist. In Conversations: Volume 2, Borges and Ferrari engage in a dialogue that is both improvisational and frequently humorous as they touch on subjects as diverse as epic poetry, detective fiction, Buddhism, and the moon landing. With his signature wit, Borges offers insight into the philosophical basis of his stories and poems, his fascination with religious mysticism, and the idea of life as dream. He also dwells on more personal themes, including the influence of his mother and father on his intellectual development, his friendships, and living with blindness. These recollections are alive to the passage of history, whether in the changing landscape of Buenos Aires or a succession of political conflicts, leading Borges to contemplate what he describes as his "South American destiny."

The recurrent theme of these conversations, however, is a life lived through books. Borges draws on the resources of a mental library that embraces world literature-ancient and modern. He recalls the works that were a constant presence in his memory and maps his changing attitudes to a highly personal canon. In the prologue to the volume, Borges celebrates dialogue and the transmission of culture across time and place. These conversations are a testimony to the supple ways that Borges explored his own relation to numerous traditions.

Praise for Borges
"Borges is arguably the great bridge between modernism and post-modernism in world literature."-David Foster Wallace

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780857423009
ISBN-10: 0857423002
Format: Hardback
(197mm x 143mm x 32mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentine writer, poet, and philosopher, is best known for his books Ficciones and The Aleph.Osvaldo Ferrari is a poet, essayist, and professor. His poetry volumes includes Poemas de vida, Poemas autobiograficos, and Poemas existenciales. Tom Boll is a translator and the author of Octavio Paz and T. S. Eliot: Modern Poetry and the Translation of Influence.

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