Borges in 90 Minutes

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Building on his enormously successful series of Philosophers in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern now applies his witty and incisive prose to brief biographical studies of the world's great writers. He brings their lives and ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the writer and his work, authoritative and clearly presented. Applause for Paul Strathern's Philosophers in 90 Minutes series: "Each of these little books is witty and dramatic ...

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Overview

Building on his enormously successful series of Philosophers in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern now applies his witty and incisive prose to brief biographical studies of the world's great writers. He brings their lives and ideas to life in entertaining and accessible fashion. Far from being a novelty, each book is a highly refined appraisal of the writer and his work, authoritative and clearly presented. Applause for Paul Strathern's Philosophers in 90 Minutes series: "Each of these little books is witty and dramatic and creates a sense of time, place, and character....I cannot think of a better way to introduce oneself and one's friends to Western civilization."—Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe "Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them....I find them hard to stop reading."—Richard Bernstein, New York Times "Witty, illuminating, and blessedly concise."—Jim Holt, Wall Street Journal

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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: 9781566636957
  • Publisher: Ivan R Dee
  • Publication date: 11/25/2006
  • Series: Great Writers in 90 Minutes Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.43 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Strathern is author of the popular and critically acclaimed Philosophers in 90 Minutes series. Highlights from the series include Nietzsche in 90 Minutes, Aristotle in 90 Minutes, and Plato in 90 Minutes. Mr. Strathern has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and now lives and writes in London. A former Somerset Maugham prize winner, he is also the author of books on history and travel as well as five novels. His articles have appeared in a great many newspapers, including the Observer (London) and the Irish Times. His own degree in philosophy came from Trinity College, Dublin.

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