On Argentina by Jorge Luis BorgesOn Argentina by Jorge Luis Borges

On Argentina

byJorge Luis BorgesEditorSuzanne Jill Levine, Alfred Mac Adam

Paperback | June 29, 2010

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A literary guide to Argentina by its most famous writer

Jorge Luis Borges wrote about Argentina as only someone passionate about his homeland can. On Argentina reveals the many facets of his passion in essays, poems, and stories through which he sought to bring Argentina forward on the world stage, and to do for Buenos Aires what James Joyce did for Dublin.

In colorful pieces on the tango and the gaucho, on the card game truco, and on the criollos (immigrants from Spain) and compadritos (street-corner thugs), we gain insight not only into unique aspects of Argentine culture but also into the intellect and values of one of Latin America’s most influential writers. Featuring material available in English for the first time, this unprecedented collection is an invaluable literary and travel companion for devotees of both Borges and Argentina. 

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1989 and was educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of our time, he published many collections of poems, essays, and short stories before his death in Geneva in June 1986. In 1961 Borges shared the International Publisher’s prize with Samuel Beckett. The Ingram Merrill...
Title:On ArgentinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.76 × 5.06 × 0.5 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143105736

ISBN - 13:9780143105732


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On ArgentinaContents Introduction by Alfred Mac Adam A Note on the Text • Man on Pink Corner   From Inquisitions (1925)• Buenos Aires • The Mythical Founding of Buenos Aires• Ascasubi• The Criollo Element in Ipuche • The Complaint of All Criollos• Eduardo González Lanuza   From Moon Across the Way (1925) • General Quiroga Rides to His Death in a Carriage   From The Full Extent of My Hope (1926)• Carriego and the Meaning of the Arrabal • The Full Extent of My Hope • The Pampa and the Suburbio Are Gods • The Purple Land • Leopoldo Lugones: Romancero   From The Language of the Argentines (1928)• Truco • Truco (poem)• Genealogy of the Tango • Situating Almafuerte• The Language of the Argentines   From Evaristo Carriego (1930) • Buenos Aires: Palermo• A History of the Tango  Miscellany (1931–1951)• Our Inabilities • I, a Jew • Borges's  prologue to the German edition of Enrique Amorim's La carreta• Definition of a Germanophile • Our Poor Individualism • The Argentine Writer and Tradition• The South   Glossary Sources