About the Author
Jorges Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time, he published many collections of poems, essays and short stories, before his death in Geneva in June 1986. In 1961 Borges shared the International Publishers' Prize with Samuel Beckett. The Ingram Merrill Foundation granted him its Annual Literary Award in 1966 for his "outstanding contribution to literature." In 1971 Columbia University awarded him the first of many degrees of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa that he was to receive from the English-speaking world. In 1971 he received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given the Alfonso Reyes Prize, one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards. In 1980 he shared the Cervantes Prize (the Spanish world's highest literary accolade) with Gerardo Diego. Borges was Director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973. In a tribute to Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa wrote: "His is a world of clear, pure, and at the same time unusual ideas...expressed in words of great directness and restraint. [He] was a superb storyteller. One reads most of Borges' tales with the hypnotic interest usually reserved for reading detective fiction..."
Andrew Hurley is a translator of numerous works of literature, criticism, history, and memoir. He is professor emeritus at the University of Puerto Rico.
Date of Birth:August 24, 1899
Date of Death:June 14, 1986
Place of Birth:Buenos Aires, Argentina
Place of Death:Geneva, Switzerland
Education:B.A., Collège Calvin de Genève, 1914
What People are Saying About This
"[Borges] renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish-American novelists." —J.M. Coetzee, The New York Review of Books
"Hurley’s efforts at retranslating Borges are not anything but heroic. His versions are clear, elegant, crystalline." —The Times Literary Supplement