Shaktijas Borges is always great for providing an intellectual recharge, for getting you excited about reading and thinking about reading, especially in his essays. Newer Post Older Post Home. No final, sai com vontade de ler alguma coisa ou mais alguma coisa de Hawthorne, Oscar Wilde, Chesterton e H. So splendid a thesis, makes any fallacy committed by the author insignificant.
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Put that out of your head now. Imagine a 25 year-old neophyte writing about 17th century Spanish poets, then casually switching to writing about the philosophical underpinnings of George Berkeley or Sir Thomas Browne. There are some gaps in his coverage, gaps that he did later fill in with books released in his 50s and 60s.
What I found within this short book pages in my Alianza Editorial edition were far more gems than duds. Below I want to highlight a few of the many interesting essays and reviews that I read.
Friendship unites; hatred also joins. Yet despite this being a bit too florid for my personal tastes, I have to admit that such an introductory sentence drew me in to reading what turned out to be a fine essay on those two Spanish writers and a host of other issues.
Borges later has an interesting thing to say about these two writers and their writings: Antes, quiero adelantar una salvedad. Before, I want to make an exception. It is not the intent of these lines to compare, in diminishing any of them, the true personalities of the two writers. They are two very distinct and entangled countries that are an unfathomable distance from one another, so wildly incomparable as they are able to, for example, like the perfection of carelessness and unsociable living that in all the outskirts of Buenos Aires it pleases me and the nervious perfection of greed which excites the central streets.
Yes, young Jorge Luis Borges sometimes got a bit carried away with his metaphors and his comparisons of two renowned writers.
But despite these excesses, his analysis at times could be quite direct and penetrating. This was not something that I recalled encountering in previous studies of Joyce, yet in reflecting upon what Borges wrote here, it does make quite a bit of sense.
If Shakespeare — according to his own metaphor — covered in the turn of an hourglass the feats of years, Joyce inverts the procedure and unfolds the single day of his hero over many days of reading I did not say many siestas. Here, Borges is not as baroque in his expressions. It is a style that he later improved upon in his latter essays. So the young Borges of Inquisiciones already displays several of the traits associated with the elder Borges — an eye for developing mood with vivid introductions, combined with an ability to connect a piece being considered with those of other writers.
It is not his strongest collection, yet it is an impressive first effort worthy of being read and re-read several times in the years to come. Share this:.
Bat Otras inquisiciones Borges is great at conveyin This guy writes for a completely different literary audience than mine. T I love two kinds of authors: What does it matter if it is this novel, or novelty, of science fiction? Inafter the fall of Juan Peron, whom borrges vigorously opposed, he was appointed director of the Argentine National Library. The same holds true for discussions of Walt Whitman and Miguel Cervantes. Classical literature, adventure novels, philosphy, obscure mystical tracts, half forgotten literary criticsm from the 19th century, absolutely everything is grist for his mill.
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