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On Argentina Borges On Argentina Provides Vital Information For Anyone Trying To Come To Grips With Latin American Thought In The Early Twentieth Century The Twenty Selections Chosen For This Collection Will Flesh Out The Vision Of The Young Borges Between And These Essays Constitute An Important Intellectual Biography Of One Of The Most Influential Latin American Authors Of All TimeFor Than Seventy Years, Penguin Has Been The Leading Publisher Of Classic Literature In The English Speaking World With Than , Titles, Penguin Classics Represents A Global Bookshelf Of The Best Works Throughout History And Across Genres And Disciplines Readers Trust The Series To Provide Authoritative Texts Enhanced By Introductions And Notes By Distinguished Scholars And Contemporary Authors, As Well As Up To Date Translations By Award Winning Translators

10 thoughts on “On Argentina

  1. says:

    Amazing collection, and Alfred MacAdam does a fabulous job of introducing the book with a very detailed and insightful account of Borges personal life and writings across Borges lifetime its evolution and thematic shifts that any Borges aficionado MUST read

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    In Professor Borges, Jorge Luis Borges introduces us to the English poet Thomas Carlyle with the words, I remember when I discovered him, around 1916, I thought that he was really the only authorIn other words I thought all other writers were wrongheaded simply because they were not Thomas Carlyle. Borges then outlines the life and work of Carlyle his love of German romanticism, ideas about the superiority of certain races to others, and how his beliefs may have contributed to laying the groundwork for Nazism.Why did this pop into my head I think Borges was warning us against the danger of literary hero worship how it can lead to blind acceptance of another s ideas ideas which can turn out to be dangerous It was a warning, I think, born out from personal experience.Reading the excellent introduction to this book I m talking about On Argentina now , we find that when Borges matured he became horrified at the some of the things his younger self had written This horror may have many causes It seems that the older Borges found the style of his younger self too concerned with dazzling displays of erudition in other words he was an insufferable show off But it seems likely the older Borges was aghast at some of the nationalistic ideas the younger, Carlyle worshiping, version of himself had toyed with perhaps not ideas he had explicitly written, but ideas he toyed with in the secret corners of his heart, and which may also have lent a certain colour to the early work Apparently the older Borges tried to destroy as much as those writings as he could, with limited success, and some of the earlier pieces he published have found their way into this collection We read of the young Borges fascination for the nineteenth century dictator and tyrant Juan Manuel de Rosas whose strong virility the young Borges admired The many of the early pieces seem overly interested in the question of national identity, and the topic of race does come up To his credit it appears Borges quickly recognized the dangers of nationalism, and during the Second World War, while many Argentinians were supporting the Germans simply because they hated the British, Borges was calling out Hitler for being the monster he was Borges had changed And Borges was wiser for his experience at one point writing, We have come to know that literature is like the moon it has a dark side Today we think of Borges with reverence, and rightly so Here is the wisdom of the older, dumbledorian Borges, and his rejection of nationalism When one lies to oneself and insists on irreconcilable differences with outsiders, what becomes of real people It is impossible to admit them as responsible members of the world Yes, the elder Borges deserves our respect But be careful Don t let that admiration turn into hero worship

  3. says:

    There s so much to Argentina than Evita, war criminals, and quality steaks.

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    After cramming my way through the frankly disappointing The Cuckoo s Calling I felt the need for something concisely and tightly written As I am interested in Argentine culture and history I found this collection of short stories, poems and essays informative and fascinating This edition from penguin in particular is excellent.Many of the essays were about the literary influences of the gaucho, criollos, pampas, the many storied histories and literary influences of Buenos Aires as well as several aspects of Argentine and urban cultural developments such as the tango and truco a card game But it wasn t until I got to the sections entitled The Language of the Argentines and Miscellany that this book really captivated my mind I was particularly fond of Our Poor Individualism, Our Inabilities, The South, and the aforementioned The language of the Argentines Whether you re a fan of Jorge Luis Borges or want to take a stroll through some of these perceptive and informative observations about the country s cultural heritage and literary history, this short but informative read is the book to try.

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    Borges, Jorge Luis On Argentina Ed Alfred Mac Adam and Suzanne Jill Levine New York Penguin, 2010 Print Jorge Luis Borges was born in Argentina in 1899 and spent most of his life there His parents were of British decent and actually taught Borges to speak English before Spanish This classified Borges as being criollo, meaning that he was born in Latin America but he was of European decent, making him not quite a native and not quite European This criollo identity plays a big role in many of his essays and short stories in this collection Also, as the title would proclaim, his homeland of Argentina is the main topic of this collection Although this collection was published in 2010, Borges works were written between 1925 and 1955 Borges short stories in this collection show a side of Argentina that is brutal, real, and mysterious He gives great detail to the dance called Tango and how immigrants drifted in and out of Argentina like the waves of the ocean In one of the stories titled Man on Pink Corner Borges depicts the brutality of the ghettos of Boca where Tango is said to have started A man named Rosendo Ju rez is known as the Sticker because of his killing abilities with a knife Another man, Francisco Real, comes into the hangout where all the men go to dance the Tango with their escort, and possibly take her upstairs Francisco challenges Rosendo and kills him, while everyone continues to dance and simply dumps the dead body out the window This story, though fiction, can also be considered as a metaphorical history of the changes of power in Argentine history The Spanish conquistadors that wanted to take over power would most times dispose of the previous person in charge without any questions or attention from the subjects in the district Borges essays in this collection give a better understanding to issues faced by criollos, like himself In the essay The Complaint of All Criollos he depicts the differences of the Spaniards that founded Argentina and the criollos that now populate the country You might say that upon settling here, that vehemence dissipated, got lost out on the pampa Argentine countryside Speech acquired a drawl, the identical nature of all horizons frustrated ambition, and the obligatory rigor of subjugating a savage world rewarded itself in the sweet languor of contrapuntal payadas singing battles similar to present day free style rap battles, but set to a guitar ,of joking bouts of truco popular Argentine card game , and of mat an Argentine tea like drink.Borges illustrates the negative idea that Spaniards have towards criollos Criollos are thought of as being lethargic, uneducated, and uncultured by the Spaniards He then shows the poetry of Argentine criollo writers and how it has a voice of its own He shows that the criollos of Argentina are educated and cultured but have the struggles of expressing themselves without mimicking the Castillian Spaniard style Borges shows a passion for his homeland through his writings of fiction, essay, and poetry While Borges gives great detail to his homeland of Argentina and the situations that its people face, he also writes from his perspective of what he likes about or relates to Argentina Therefore, his writings are biased Also, Borges is writing for a local audience, an Argentine audience Someone with little to no knowledge of Argentina s history or the Spanish language may find his essays uninteresting or difficult to read There may be a lack of understanding with his fiction and poetry as well However, his fiction may still be very intriguing because of its readability and honesty Those with knowledge of Argentina or the Spanish language or both will find his works very interesting and enjoyable After reading On Argentina by Jorge Luis Borges, I have been inspired to attempt writing about my hometown While I am not much of an essayist, Borges writing has inspired me to attempt giving a better understanding to the issues and history of my hometown through essays I would also like to explore about my hometown s history so that I can write short stories on that history as well.

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    Most of the pieces in this book consist of the juvenilia of its author, Jorge Luis Borges and, as such, he would prefer that they were destroyed Perhaps this is one of the reasons no one in the English speaking world has attempted a collected works in translation Living with his parents in Switzerland during the conflagration of World War I, he returned to Argentina to find a someone strange land to which he became strongly attached.Borges s world were the arrabales or suburbios of Buenos Aires, especially around Palermo Now like a mixture of Beverly Hills and Greenwich Village, Palermo in the 1920s was a world of low lying houses along the banks of the Rio Plata inhabited by young toughs who spoke lunfardo, an underworld argot mixing Spanish, Italian, and French In his Evaristo Carriego 1930 , the author described this neighborhood Strolling along Chavango Street later renamed Las Heras the last bar on the road was named The First Light because of that district s early rising habits leaves an impression, proper at that, of clogged dead end streets without people, and, finally, after the fatigue of walking, a human light in a store Within the depths of the red cemetery of the North and the Penitentiary, a smashed up suburb of low, unstuccoed buildings has materialized from the dust, infamously known as Tierra del Fuego Rubble at its threshold, street corners of solitude or aggression, furtive men who call out to one another and name one another s character, who scatter suddenly in the lateral light of the alleys The entire neighborhood was a final corner Thugs on horseback, Mitre styled brimmed hats over their eyes and in countrified bombachas baggy pants , out of inertia or impulse, kept up a war of individual duels with the police.In short, the young Borges was a sort of wannabe It is as if a young man, arriving in Chicago, should be drawn to idolize Al Capone, Frank Nitti, and their gang.The beauty of the essays, poems, and stories of On Argentina is that we see the young writer s growth into one of the most powerful world literary lights of the Twentieth Century We see this most especially in the book s two final pieces, the essay entitled The Argentine Writer and Tradition and the short story entitled The South All the callowness of Borges s criollo posturing is at an end, but he has succeeded in integrating it with that other Borges, giving not not only the Borges of Palermo, but the Borges of the world beyond Argentina, without losing one iota of what makes him a great Argentinian author.

  7. says:

    A bit hard to follow if you don t understand specific Spanish terms.

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