Cloth $27.50 ISBN: 9780857421883 Published September 2014 World sales rights except India

Conversations, Volume 1

Jorge Luis Borges and Osvaldo Ferrari

Jorge Luis Borges and Osvaldo Ferrari

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Jason Wilson
352 pages | 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 | © 2014
Cloth $27.50 ISBN: 9780857421883 Published September 2014 World sales rights except India
Buddhism, love, Henry James, and the tango are just a few of the topics Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina’s master writer, and extraordinary conversationalist, discusses in the first volume of the remarkable new series, Conversations. The eighty-four-year-old blind man’s wit is unending and results in lively and insightful discussions that configure a loose autobiography of a subtle, teasing mind. Borges’ favorite concepts such as time and dreaming are touched upon, but these dialogues are not a true memoir, they are unrestricted conversations about life at present. 

The Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, contributed immensely to twentieth-century literature, and more specifically to the genres of magical realism and fantasy. As he progressively lost his sight—he became completely blind by the age of fifty-five—the darkness behind his eyelids held enchanting imagery that translated into rich symbolism in his work.  The inner workings of his curious mind are seen vividly in his conversations with Ferrari, and there’s not a subject on which he doesn’t cast surprising new light. As in his tale “The Other,” where two Borgeses meet up on a bench beside the River Charles, this is a dialogue between a young poet and the elder teller of tales where all experience floats in a miracle that defies linear time.
Contents

Prologue by Jorge Luis Borges

Prologue by Osvaldo Ferrari

Argentinian Identity

The Eternal Traveller

Order and Time

Borges and the Public

How a Borges Text Is Conceived and Written

A Geographic and Intimate South

Conrad, Melville and the Sea

On Politics

Macedonio Fernández and Borges

Borges with Plato and Aristotle

Art Should Free Itself from Time

Tigers, Labyrinths, Mirrors and Weapons

Kafka Could Be Part of Human Memory

Modernismo and Rubén Darío

Doubts about a Personal Divinity

Concerning Love

On Friendship with Alfonso Reyes

The East, I Ching and Buddhism

About Dreams

Concerning Ricardo Güiraldes

On Humour

Concerning Henry James

On Conjecture

Westerns or Cinema Epics

Lugones, That Austere, Heartbroken Man

Classics at the Age of 85

Dante, an Infinite Reading

Realist and Fantasy Literature

Silvina Ocampo, Bioy Casares and Juan R. Wilcock

On History

The Affinity with Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

The Detective Story

On Friendship with Pedro Henríquez Ureña

Memories of Libraries, Cockpits and Strange Poems

An Evocation of Kipling

Borges and Memory

The Florida and Boedo Groups and the Sur Magazine

About Dialogues

On Gauchesque Poetry

Sonnets, Revelations, Travels and Countries

Ethics and Culture

Two Trips to Japan

Evaristo Carriego, Milonga and Tango

Scandinavian Mythology and Anglo-Saxon Epics

Borges and Alonso Quijano

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