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Jorge Luis Borges, one of the indisputably great writers of the twentieth century, was born in Buenos Aires in 1899. Never having been awarded the Nobel Prize, which his readers worldwide believed he deserved, this story writer, poet, essayist, and man of letters died at age eighty-six.This anthology of interviews with him features more than a dozen conversations that coveJorge Luis Borges, one of the indisputably great writers of the twentieth century, was born in Buenos Aires in 1899. Never having been awarded the Nobel Prize, which his readers worldwide believed he deserved, this story writer, poet, essayist, and man of letters died at age eighty-six.This anthology of interviews with him features more than a dozen conversations that cover all phases of his life and work.Conducted between 1964 and 1984, the interviews reveal Borges to be a remarkably candid, humorous man, by turns skeptical and enthusiastic, and always a singularly incisive and adventurous thinker.He discusses his blindness, his family and childhood, early travels, literary friends, and struggles to find his literary identity. In depth he examines the meanings and intentions of his own famous stories and poems, and he speaks of the writers whose works he has loved-Dante, Cervantes, Emerson, Dickinson, H. G. Wells, Kafka, Stevenson, Kipling, Whitman, Frost, and Faulkner-and of those whom he disliked, such as Hemingway and Lorca. Borges expresses his contempt for P ron and assesses the tumultuous politics of Argentina. He speaks also of the imagination as a type of dreaming, about issues of collaboration and translation, about philosophy, and about time.Many of the interviews were conducted by notable figures, including Alastair Reid, Willis Barnstone, and Ronald Christ.As Borges speaks in these conversations, readers who have fallen under the spell of his magical prose and poetry will find additional sustenance.Richard Burgin's books include the story collections "Feat of Blue Skies," "Private Fame," and "Man without Memory." In his first book on Borges, "Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges" (now out of print), he was the sole interviewer. Burgin is the editor of "Boulevard" magazine and an associate professor of communication and English at Saint Louis University....

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Conversations (Literary Conversations Series) Reviews

  • M. Sarki
    2019-05-24 04:32

    There are far too many examples of Borges' genius presented in this book for somebody like me to comment on them. That is, other than to say that I loved this book and my introduction to Borges on a more personal note. He is definitely somebody worth reading and listening to.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-18 02:50

    Conversations (Literary Conversations Series), Jorge Luis Borges, Richard Burginعنوان: گفت و گو با بورخس؛ نوشته: ریچارد بورجین؛ مترجم: محمود فاضلی بیرجندی؛ تهران، تندیس، 1378، در 126 ص؛ شابک: 9646711006؛ عنوان: گفت و گو با بورخس؛ نوشته: ریچارد بورجین؛ مترجم: کاوه میرعباسی؛ تهران، نی، 1382، در 435 ص؛ شابک: 9643126854؛ موضوع: مصاحبه با نویسندگان آرژانتینی قرن 20 م

  • Harold
    2019-05-12 02:42

    Borges always gets my attention from the first page to the last. In this series of interviews with Borges he ignites within me the same thing that he ignited when I first read his "Collected Fictions." That is the joy of reading. Because of Borges I have revisited "The Oddysey" and "The Inferno". Because of Borges I have begun to read Bioy Casares. Borges has elevated my taste and my ambition to read quality literature, so to read these interviews is simply to know him better. He speaks here on a variety of subjects and he has his favorite phrases to fall back on, but one of the pleasures of reading this book is to see his mind at work in a spontaneous situation. BTW - One thing we learn that he taught himself German by reading a book in German with the help of an English/German dictionary. Perhaps that is how I will have to read Bioy's "Borges" which is yet to be translated to English. Maybe things will go easier with Google translate.

  • Tamara
    2019-05-07 03:44

    I haven't actually read any of Borhes' works (or Burgins) but I really enjoyed the book. His analysis of other writers and his own works gives a lot of insight to the way writers influence each other. Also, his take on the philosophy of life, art and literature really resounded with me (though I didn't agree with all of his opinions) ... I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in philosophy and latin american literature.

  • Jurica Ranj
    2019-04-28 00:42

    Zanimljiva serija razgovora s jednim od najdražih mi pisaca - od razgovora o pisanju, sljepoći, kritikama djela svjetske književnosti, osvrta na političku situaciju u Argentini i Perona pa sve do metafizičkih ideja i inspiracija za neke od najboljih priča koje je Borghes napisao.

  • Hal
    2019-05-08 04:49

    To me, his most memorable comment was how he became more content to be alone with nothing to do after he lost his sight and his ability to read. I also enjoyed seeing which of his stories were his favorites - very different from my favorites.

  • Fromwordstoworlds
    2019-04-30 04:34

    "One of the many pleasures the stars (in which I don’t believe) have granted me is in literary and metaphysical dialogue. Since both these designations run the risk of seeming a bit pretentious, I should clarify that dialogue for me is not a form of polemics, of monologue or magisterial dogmatism, but of shared investigation… It is enough for me to say that if I am rich in anything, it is in perplexities rather in certainties." (J.L. Borges in Prologue)One of the first impressions the book gave me was that of serenity; beyond the honesty and simplicity of the discourse, there is the peacefulness of a complex man who accepted his limits and had no hesitation talking about his fears and dislikes. Still uncertain about many things, Borges reveals himself as a profound intellectual that didn’t take life for granted.To interview one of the most significant writers of the twentieth century one needed erudition. Although he was still an undergraduate at that time, Richard Burgin, together with Mosca Flo Bildner, a Brazilian girl, were accepted by Borges as his guests and interviewers. Borges was already blind in 1969."Flo and I split up in the afternoon, each to go out and buy him a present. Of course, there is something futile about buying a gift for Borges. He simply has no need or desire for any symbol of gratitude for his company. He always makes you feel that it is he who is the grateful one, and that your company is the only gift he needs. In any event, after wandering up and down the long streets of Boston, going through department stores, book stores, and record stores, I finally bought him a record of Bach’s Fourth and Fifth Brandenburg concertos on which my father played violin. Back in Cambridge, I met Flo holding her gift, four long-stemmed yellow roses."As Borges begins to speak, a joy of reading emerges. He is honest, funny, profound. Using his education and his books as major exemplifications he will speak about childhood, family, ethics, metaphysics, favourite writers, art, symbols in his own writings, reality and death.See full review on blog:https://fromwordstoworlds.wordpress.c...

  • Apollo's Crow
    2019-04-28 03:38

    A pleasantly readable series of interviews, between the legendary, enigmatic Borges and his intelligent admirer, Richard Burgin - only an undergrad at the time. Burgin's education and enthusiasm is clear, though he is never afraid to disagree with the literary giant. He coaxes confession and insight from Borges with ease. The atmosphere is relaxed and natural, the subject matter diverse.Being such a private man, such interviews may be the closest we have to a candid Borges autobiography (not including his autobiographical essay, which first appeared in the New Yorker and is now available in the collection The Aleph and Other Stories).

  • Ashkan
    2019-04-26 07:38

    ریتا گیبرت: آیا برای نسل جوان پیامی دارید؟بورخس: نه، این صلاحیت را در خود نمی‌بینم که به سایرین پند و اندرز بدهم. در زندگی شخصی هم وامانده‌ام و به زحمت گلیمم را از آب بیرون کشیده‌ام. از بسیاری جهات، سرگشته بوده‌ام و بارها به بیراهه رفته‌ام.گفت‌و‌گو با بورخس، ریچارد بورجین، برگردان کاوه میرعباسی از صفحهٔ ۱۵۶، مصاحبه با ریتا گیبرت ۱۹۶۸

  • Erik
    2019-05-16 00:44

    Actually my copy is the 1970 paperback book-length interview Burgin did with Borges. Lots of great pithiness from Borges, who comes off as a humble, yet cool, guy. Interesting things that struck me. He says give a book 10 to 20 pages and if you don't like it move on. Also, I've always thought there were some similarities between him and Lovecraft. He thought Lovecraft was terrible.

  • Josh
    2019-05-12 02:38

    A big collection of interviews and talks that Borges gave over the years. Very interesting in parts as it really reveals the personality behind the books. 4 stars if you're really into Borges, otherwise I can't justify anything beyond 3 stars.

  • Keith
    2019-04-28 05:36

    its pretty good but Borges is Borges and thus always elusive in a distant way. These interviews are candid but obscure. Borges would rather not be here but feels he must. There is a lack.. In any event it is a token insight into the realm of a master who feel he is being trailed....

  • Harold
    2019-05-21 01:27

    Not to be confused with Conversations by Borges with Burgin that I recently read. This book came out in 1969 and is out of print currently, although parts of it are contained in the more recent book.I thoroughly enjoyed this and will continue reading Borges.

  • Winterwade
    2019-05-15 08:24

    As the premise of this book would suggest, the conversations with Borges contained within are extremely informative with regard to his perspectives on the world and his work. A must-read for fans of the master.

  • Andy
    2019-04-25 04:50

    Borges is almost as interesting in interviews as he is in his writing. I especially enjoyed his interaction with radical American students during his interviews in the 60's.

  • Cameron
    2019-05-03 06:32

    Candid and formal interviews with Borges, the Argentine literary master. A fine read, if somewhat repetitive, that only adds to the many dimensions of Borges.