Archive for the Jorge Luis Borges category

Witold Gombrowicz confronts (Polish) provincialism (2)

Witold Gombrowicz, Diary. Volume I: 1953-56; translated by Lillian Vallee; general editor Jan Kott; introduction by Wojciech Karpinski, Afterword by Jan Kott. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1988. xvi, 232 pp. In my previous post I very briefly summarized and quoted from Gombrowicz’s diary entries of 1953. I’ll now just fill in a few gaps […]

H. G. Wells Revisited (2): Wells & Borges

In my previous post I quoted from Borges’ essay “The First Wells” (1946), published in Other Inquisitions (1937-1952) and anthologized subsequently. Borges wrote multiple essays about Wells. This one was not anthologized in Selected Non-fictions (Eliot Weinberger et al), but it does appear in Borges, A Reader: A Selection from the Writings of Jorge Luis […]

H. G. Wells Revisited (1)

The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Plattner Story, The First Men in the Moon. They are the first books I read; perhaps they will be the last. I think they will be incorporated, like the fables of Theseus or Ahaseurus, into the general memory of the species and even transcend the fame […]

Stanislaw Lem on Jorge Luis Borges (Borges 16)

UNITAS OPPOSITORUM: THE PROSE OF JORGE LUIS BORGES by Stanislaw Lem, in Microworlds: Writings on Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Franz Rottensteiner (New York: Harvest / HBJ, 1986). I wish Lem would have elaborated more on his generalizations, because what he locates as Borges’ central weakness may cohere with what I would see as […]

Little Tiny, Common Objects, & Jorge Luis Borges

Interesting for bibliophiles, connoisseurs of curiosa, fans of Jorge Luis Borges: Two Discoveries, by Kevin O’Neill, MOSTLY (NOT) ON MCSWEENEY’S! blog, July 21, 2009 In addition to the discovery of Little Tiny’s Book of Objects (1880) and discussion of Victorian style in relation to McSweeney’s, there is a discussion of Jorge Luis Borges’ story “The […]

Borges Revisited (14)

Gracia, Jorge J. E.; Korsmeyer, Carolyn; Gasché, Rodolphe; eds. Literary Philosophers?: Borges, Calvino, Eco. New York: Routledge, 2002. Contents. I begin with skepticism about centering interest in Borges around postmodern concerns, but I am on the lookout for analysis relevant to my interests. I have no specific objections to raise here, if only because I […]