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Borges in 90 Minutes

Overview

Weaving fiction with fact, fantastic matter with historical figures, Borges' frequent theme of a world where time, culture, and place converge is not only timely but pertinent in our advance toward globalization. Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Borges' life and ideas and explains their influence on literature.

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Overview

Weaving fiction with fact, fantastic matter with historical figures, Borges' frequent theme of a world where time, culture, and place converge is not only timely but pertinent in our advance toward globalization. Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Borges' life and ideas and explains their influence on literature.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Promise[s] to get readers up to speed…in 100 pages or so with no dumbing down.
Tennessean
It furnishes a quick way for general readers to familiarize themselves with writers they wish to read or re-read.
Birmingham News
[Strathern] offers insights on great authors so you can understand and enjoy them. Brainy!
KLIATT - Peter Neissa
The impact of Jorge Luis Borges upon 20th-century Latin American literature has been profound. His impact on world literature has been no less significant. The adjective "quixotic," which characterizes lofty ideals that are ludicrous because they are totally unrealistic, stems from Miguel de Cervantes's work Don Quixote de la Mancha. Similarly, the word "borgesian" emanates from Borges's works because it characterizes not only a style of writing but also situations that are ironic, labyrinthine and illuminative of the ambiguity in literature, religion, and philosophy. Paul Strathern has ably put Borges's life and work in a clear and understandable context. His insight into why Borges took a dramatic leap from a dilettante writer to a fully mature one is rendered succinctly in language that could summarize Borges's works: "From now on, he decided, he would invent his own history, making use of esoteric fragments from what he had read. Instead of being ruled by history, he would create it; instead of relying upon the past, he would re-invent it and venture into a timeless world of his own making." Thankfully missing from Borges in 90 Minutes is a psychiatric analysis of his personal life. This is a "must read" book for any high school student studying for the Advanced Placement Exam in Hispanic Literature.
Tennessean - Brian J. Buchanan
It furnishes a quick way for general readers to familiarize themselves with writers they wish to read or re-read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433218149
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 2
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL STRATHERN earned a degree in philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin, and has lectured in philosophy and mathematics. A winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize, he has written books on history, philosophy, and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. He lives and writes in London.

Robert Whitfield, winner of numerous Earphones Awards, was born in England. He worked for ten years as a radio news announcer for the BBC and as a narrator for the Royal National Institute for the Blind in London. In addition to narrating for Blackstone Audio, he is involved in numerous stage-acting projects in the United States and Europe.

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