From the broken-down district of Palermo in Buenos Aires 1899, a literary star is born, Jorge Luis Borges. Under the pressure and teachings from his well-educated father, Borges learned English before Spanish and realized his destiny as a shining diamond in the rough within the world of literature. He intertwined reality and imagination, creating unique works of art and granting him the title of “the most foremost contemporary Spanish-American writer”. His influences ranged from people in his life, to his own age and stage in life, to authors he never knew. The themes of his writings touched many people, in the ordinariness and their extravagance, making them classics among other pieces of contemporary literature.
He started his quest for knowledge at the College de Genève, where he earned his B.A and learned to speak French and German. Borges then moved to Spain and became absorbed in the “Ultraist Movement” that supported wild metaphors in the attempt to create true poetry, separated from reality. He loved this movement so fiercely that he brought it back to Argentina. The people there began to sing his praises over the poems he had written including “Fervour of Buenos Aires”. Despite his little mountain of success he, unhappily, had to take a job in the Buenos Aires Library. For the most part, things were going well for Borges in this stage of his life, but, tragedy struck in 1938 when his father died and Borges suffered a blood poisoned head wound. This injury, however, proved to be a blessing in disguise. It allowed him to go into a dream-like state and produce some of the best works of literature the world has ever read such as Fictions” and “The Aleph and Other Stories”. (Rodriguez- Monegal, Britannica Biographies)
In 1946, the dictator Juan Peron rose to power and Borges was forced to leave his position in the library because he supported the allies throughout World War Two. Although he was jobless, he continued to write, creating “Other Inquisitions”. When Peron left his position, Borges was blessed with two special positions, the director of the national library and a professor of English and American Literature at the University of Buenos Aires. Partly because of his total blindness, he took these positions gratefully, and during his last years of life produced works of literature that ranged in themes and topics, showing off his span of range. Among these works were “Dreamtigers”, “The book of Imaginary Beings”, “Dr. Brodie’s Report”, and “The book of Sand”. (Rodriguez- Monegal, Britannica Biographies)
Borges wrote in his authors note in “The Book of Sand”, “I write for myself and for my friends, and I write to ease the passing of time”. (Page 8) Because Borges wrote for himself, his work reflects what he is feeling. Dirda points out a statement that Borges makes himself that confirmed this theory; “All literature is autobiographical, in the last instance”. (The Washington Post) Borges portrayed his feelings within themes of...