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Borges

by Adolfo Bioy Casares; Daniel Martino

  Print book : Biography  |  1a. ed. argentina

A writer's life through another writer's eyes   (2010-12-10)

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by dolar-hoy

This massive book is an account of Jorge Luis Borges' life by who was his best friend and colleage throught his adult life, Adolfo Bioy Casares. The length of the book (almost 1500 pages) amounts to the obsession of Bioy Casares of closing each day with an entry on his journal, where he commented on everything that had happened to him during the day, his opinions, and more importantly, the discussions and talks that he had with the people he frequented.

So we get a first hand on the everyday talks, opinions and discussions of Jorge Luis Borges, and of course the view of Bioy Casares. Some entries are trivial ("Borges had dinner over my house. He looked worried") to very lenghty and insightful transcriptions (word by word) of talks with Borges, that give us a very clear picture of his wit, his wisdom and his opinions over literature, politics, and the academic world.

Some people say this is the equivalent of "The life of Johnson" by Boswell (a comparison that Bioy often alluded). I definitely agree with it.




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