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Borges Reviews

Since the Garden of Forking Paths was founded, the Web has proliferated with Borges reviews, and collecting them all would be a task worthy of, well…Google. Rather than replicate a search engine, this page gathers together a handful of the more famous, interesting, or eclectic reviews of Borges work and Borges criticism. It begins with original reviews published here at the Garden.

Garden of Forking Paths Reviews

This Craft of Verse
Jorge Luis Borges. Harvard University Press: 2000
Rediscovered at the time of the Borges Centennial, these six lectures were delivered by Borges at Harvard University from 1967-1968. Transcribed from the original recordings, Harvard University Press also offers the recordings as a set of compact discs.

The Secret Books
Sean Kernan. Leetes Island Books, 1999.
A haunting homage to Borges by photographer Sean Kernan. [Coming Soon]

A New Universal History of Infamy
Rhys Hughes. Ministry of Whimsy Press, 2003.
A charming update of Borges’ first story collection by the Welsh writer Rhys Hughes. [Coming Soon]

The People In the Room
Norah Lange. Translation by Charlotte Whittle. And Other Stories, 2018.
The first English translation of Norah Lange’s 1950 novel, Personas en la sala. A member of the Buenos Aires “Florida Group” that included Borges—who unsuccessfully vied for her affections—Norah Lange was an early proponent of “ultraism.” [Coming Soon]

Selected Offsite Reviews

Collected Fictions
Jorge Luis Borges. Translation by Andrew Hurley. Viking, 1998.

Borges’ Dark Mirror
New York Review of Books, 22 October 1998.
A comprehensive look at Collected Fictions by Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee. [Protected by a paywall]

Borges Under Review
The Complete Review, May 2000.
An essay all about critical responses to Collected Fictions.

Unthinking Thinking: Jorge Luis Borges, Mathematics, and the New Physics
Floyd Merrel. Purdue University Press, 1991.

Floyd Merrel’s Unthinking Thinking
Silvia G. Dapía, Variaciones Borges, 1996
Dapía finds Merrel’s book on Borges and mathematics “a fascinating book, recommendable for its goals, scope, and knowledge of secondary material.”

Borges: A Life
Edwin Williamson. Viking, 2004.

Beyond the Labyrinth
Julio Ortega, Boston Globe, 1 August 2004.
Ortega writes, “Almost an oral history, the book is a fine discussion of Borges’ involvement in Argentine politics, literary life, fame, travel, as well as political redemption.”

Taking Borges to the Head-Shrinker
Bob Blaisdell, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 August 2004.
Blaisdell critiques Williamson’s approach as intrusively psychoanalytical.

Borges: A Life
Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 8 August 2004.
Dirda finds Williamson’s work “a useful and important biography, if slightly flawed in its focus.”

“Borges: A Life” by Edwin Williamson
Allen Barra,, 27 August 2004.
In a rather idiosyncratic review, Barra speaks favorably of Williamson’s biography.

The Immortal
Christopher Hitchens, The Atlantic, September 2004.
The incomparable Hitch labels Williamson’s biography as “althogether first-rate.”

Sightless Seer of Buenos Aires
The Economist, 9 September 2004.
A favorable, but fairly descriptive and uninspired, review.

Other Borges Reviews

Imaginary Borges
William H. Gass
New York Review of Books, 20 November 1969.
Novelist William Gass on Borges’ The Book of Imaginary Beings, Richard Burgin’s Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, and Ronald Christ’s The Narrow Act: Borges’ Art of Allusion. [Protected by a paywall]

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