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Borges on Writing

Borges on Writing

(1973)
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Borges On Writing. In 1971, Jorge Luis Borges was invited to preside over a series of seminars on his writing at Columbia University. This book is a record of those seminars, which took the form of informal discussions between Borges, Norman Thomas di Giovanni-his editor and translator, Frank MacShane-then head of the writing program at Columbia, and the students. Borges's prose, poetry, and translations are handled separately and the book is divided accordingly. The prose seminar is based on a line-by-line discussion of one of Borges's most distinctive stories, "The End of the Duel." Borges explains how he wrote the story, his use of local knowledge, and his characteristic method of relating violent events in a precise and ironic way. This close analysis of his methods produces some illuminating observations on the role of the writer and the function of literature. The poetry section begins with some general remarks by Borges on the need for form and structure and moves into a revealing analysis of four of his poems. The final section, on translation, is an exciting discussion of how the art and culture of one country can be "translated" into the language of another. This book is a tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of South America's-indeed, the world's-most distinguished writers and provides valuable insight into his inspiration and his method.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 1974 : Hardback
Title: Borges on Writing
Author(s): Jorge Luis Borges
ISBN: 0713907843 / 9780713907841 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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May 1973 : Hardback
Title: Borges on writing
Author(s): Jorge Luis Borges
ISBN: 0525069976 / 9780525069973 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

July 1994 : Paperback
Title: Borges On Writing
Author(s): Jorge Luis Borges
ISBN: 0880013680 / 9780880013680 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 1974 : Paperback
Title: Borges on Writing
Author(s): Jorge Luis Borges
ISBN: 071390447X / 9780713904475 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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