History Creator / JorgeLuisBorges

13th Oct '17 11:02:21 PM MagnusForce
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!!! Other notable works of his are:

* ''The Book of Imaginary Beings'': Borges details mythical creatures. Considered the TropeCodifier (or UrExample) of all books on mythical creatures today and popularized of many obscure mythical creatures, but it also includes literary creations and creatures he made up himself. The most notable of these joke mythical creatures is the Peryton, a half-stag, half-bird monster that cast a human shadow (for they were the souls of {{Atlantis}} survivors trapped in monstrous forms, only able to escape by killing a human and devouring the victim's heart). Borges claimed it came from Myth/ClassicalMythology (specifically a medieval German tome on the subject that was destroyed in World War 2), which many people believed in, turning the Peryton into a fantasy staple.
8th Oct '17 9:50:08 AM nombretomado
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Borges became blind due to an inherited disease in his middle age and blindness is a recurring {{Motif|s}} in his later works. Other common motifs are labyrinths, mirrors, libraries, tigers, and daggers. The blind monk Jorge de Burgos in Creator/UmbertoEco's ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' is one allusion to Borges. The blind librarian in ''[[BookOfTheNewSun The Shadow of the Torturer]]'' by Creator/GeneWolfe may be another.

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Borges became blind due to an inherited disease in his middle age and blindness is a recurring {{Motif|s}} in his later works. Other common motifs are labyrinths, mirrors, libraries, tigers, and daggers. The blind monk Jorge de Burgos in Creator/UmbertoEco's ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' is one allusion to Borges. The blind librarian in ''[[BookOfTheNewSun ''[[Literature/BookOfTheNewSun The Shadow of the Torturer]]'' by Creator/GeneWolfe may be another.
2nd Sep '17 5:06:53 AM XFllo
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** Later, Borges wrote that one of the characters of this tale, Teodelina Villar, was a deconstruction of this trope: Who could be fascinating to anyone in RealLife? A ShallowLoveInterest, someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love: Teodelina was a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was young, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admit he is a snob.

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** Later, Borges wrote that one of the characters of this tale, Teodelina Villar, was a deconstruction of this trope: Who could be fascinating to anyone in RealLife? A ShallowLoveInterest, SatelliteLoveInterest, someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love: Teodelina was a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was young, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admit he is a snob.
1st Mar '17 7:33:04 PM nombretomado
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* ''"Half-Way House" by Ellery Queen'': A simple critique of the rules of MysteryLiterature and how that genre is different from the [[{{Adventure}} Adventure Novel]] or the SpyFiction. Also explains why Ellery Queen works could be considered as GrowingTheBeard on the genre. You can find the quote at the ElleryQueen page.

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* ''"Half-Way House" by Ellery Queen'': A simple critique of the rules of MysteryLiterature and how that genre is different from the [[{{Adventure}} Adventure Novel]] or the SpyFiction. Also explains why Ellery Queen works could be considered as GrowingTheBeard on the genre. You can find the quote at the ElleryQueen Creator/ElleryQueen page.
1st Feb '17 12:46:02 PM Morgenthaler
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* CthulhuMythos: "There Are More Things", written in memory of Lovecraft. Incidentally, Borges considered Lovecraft more like an involuntary parodist of Poe.
22nd Dec '16 8:17:54 PM Doug86
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: "The Immortal", in which [[spoiler:{{Homer}} has become immortal.]]

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: "The Immortal", in which [[spoiler:{{Homer}} [[spoiler:Creator/{{Homer}} has become immortal.]]
30th Nov '16 9:10:19 PM Xtifr
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'''Jorge Luis Borges''' (1899-1986) is considered the greatest UsefulNotes/{{Argentin|a}}e writer of the twentieth century and an immensely influential author. His short stories, essays and poetry blend truth and fiction in unexpected ways, playing {{Mind Screw}}s on the reader at every turn, and exploring deep philosophical themes (idealism, determinism, infinity, the search for personal identity, fiction vs. reality, humanity vs. divinity...) in a rigorous but entertaining way. He is considered an important precursor and originator of many {{Post Modern|ism}} devices. Borges himself was an Ultraist, a short lived movement that originated in early 20th-century Spain (where Borges arrived around 1920).

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'''Jorge Jorge Luis Borges''' Borges (1899-1986) is considered the greatest UsefulNotes/{{Argentin|a}}e writer of the twentieth century and an immensely influential author. His short stories, essays and poetry blend truth and fiction in unexpected ways, playing {{Mind Screw}}s on the reader at every turn, and exploring deep philosophical themes (idealism, determinism, infinity, the search for personal identity, fiction vs. reality, humanity vs. divinity...) in a rigorous but entertaining way. He is considered an important precursor and originator of many {{Post Modern|ism}} devices. Borges himself was an Ultraist, a short lived movement that originated in early 20th-century Spain (where Borges arrived around 1920).
2nd Oct '16 12:33:02 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Pretty much every author in the Western ''and'' Eastern literary and philosophical canon gets a ShoutOut in some Borges story or another. For example, "Death and the Compass" has [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to philosopher Baruch Spinoza and authors EdgarAllanPoe and Creator/JamesJoyce, among others.

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* ShoutOut: Pretty much every author in the Western ''and'' Eastern literary and philosophical canon gets a ShoutOut in some Borges story or another. For example, "Death and the Compass" has [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to philosopher Baruch Spinoza and authors EdgarAllanPoe Creator/EdgarAllanPoe and Creator/JamesJoyce, among others.
16th Aug '16 5:19:42 AM 06tele
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* {{Foil}}: He said that Creator/GKChesterton was this to Creator/OscarWilde: the former was a conservative, orthodox Catholic who stood for health, order and harmony, but whose works were always teetering on the edge of nightmare, whereas the latter was a socialist, feminist aesthete with no formal religious affinities who stood for pleasure and beauty, whose work was fundamentally happy and innocent.

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* {{Foil}}: He said that Creator/GKChesterton was this to Creator/OscarWilde: the former was a conservative, orthodox Catholic who stood for health, order and harmony, but whose works were always teetering on the edge of nightmare, whereas the latter was a socialist, feminist aesthete with no formal religious affinities who stood for pleasure and beauty, but whose work (counter to Chesterton's opinion of it) was fundamentally happy and innocent.
16th Aug '16 5:18:43 AM 06tele
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* {{Foil}}: He said that Creator/GKChesterton was this to Creator/OscarWilde: the former was a conservative, orthodox Catholic who stood for health, order and harmony, but whose works were always teetering on the edge of nightmare, whereas the latter was a socialist, feminist aesthete with no formal religious affinities who stood for pleasure and beauty, whose work was fundamentally happy and innocent.
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