Borges at Eighty: ConversationsPaperback
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- Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
- Format: Paperback | 186 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 15mm | 249g
- Publication date: 26 July 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0811221210
- ISBN 13: 9780811221214
- Illustrations note: 8 Black and white photographs
- Sales rank: 571,918
The words of a genius: Borges at Eighty transcends our expectations of ordinary conversation. In these interviews with Barnstone, Dick Cavett, and Alastair Reid, Borges touches on favorite writers (Whitman, Poe, Emerson) and familiar themes labyrinths, mystic experiences, and death and always with great, throw-away humor. For example, discussing nightmares, he concludes, When I wake up, I wake to something worse. It s the astonishment of being myself. "
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One of the collection s most interesting aspects is the interaction of these incompatible elements: the obvious pleasure Borges takes in the opportunity to present himself for public consumption, and his reflexive skepticism about the necessary fraudulence of the writer as personality... The man we see in these eleven interviews is a person made of books, a librarian who often remarked that his idea of paradise was an endless library a sort of eternal busman s holiday. "