With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires

With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires : A Memoir

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This fresh and poignant portrait of Jorge Luis Borges in his later years combines spirited and philosophical conversations, biographical anecdotes, citations from poetry, and literary analysis. Willis Barnstone, a leading translator of Borges's poems and a privileged friend for more than twenty years, presents the poet-storyteller as a figure of paradox and contradictions. He relates Borges's prodigious feats of textual memory, his wry observations of the Argentinian political scene, and his musings on the events of his long and surprising life. Barnstone also recounts Borges's friendship and deathbed marriage to his one-time student and long-time literary collaborator, Marie Kodama.show more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 159.8 x 237 x 23.4mm | 532.48g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252018885
  • 9780252018886

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"Barnstone situates us inside a convivial friendship and lets us in on all the jokes. Barnstone gives us everything readers want in a memoir about a relationship with a great writer, a humane and authentic portrait of the person behind the celebrity, and he does it with enough grace that we are left wanting more." -- Julian Friend, Iron Horse Literary Review "Among the large number of books about Borges, this is really an outstanding one. Highly recommended." -- Choice "[An] intimate, invaluable portrait." -- Publishers Weekly "A worthy memoir indeed, and a source of insight, information and amusement for all who love the work of Jorge Luis Borges." -- British Bulletin of Publications "Borges's words and spirit shine through. Barnstone's book is therefore not only immensely more enjoyable to read than the majority of other books about Borges, but more valuable than them as well. This is a rich portrait of a passionate but gentle genius." -- Richard Burgin, author of Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges "Barnstone's highly readable memoir helps update our knowledge of an elder Borges... Borges the man comes touchingly alive in this close look at his relations with others." -- Gene Bell-Villada, author of Garcia Marquez: The Man and His Workshow more

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