Autobiografía by Jorge Luis Borges

By Jorge Luis Borges

Los angeles Autobiografía de Jorge Luis Borges, escrita originalmente en inglés con l. a. colaboración de Norman Thomas di Giovanni, fue publicada por primera vez en 1970 en l. a. revista the hot Yorker. Concebida como una guía biográfica que acompaña y a los angeles vez esclarece l. a. evolución literaria de Borges desde l. a. precoz erudición hasta su definitiva consagración common, l. a. obra obtuvo un éxito rotundo que le valió ser traducida de inmediato al portugués, el italiano y el alemán. Es por otra parte el texto más extenso que Borges haya escrito y cada una de sus páginas irradia en el estilo aparentemente sencillo de su última producción los angeles inteligencia, el humor sutil y los angeles perfección en el uso del lenguaje que lo distinguen. Los especialistas en l. a. obra de Borges l. a. han considerado una pieza primary para establecer cualquier tipo de interpretación crítica. En el año del centenario de su nacimiento, por primera vez se presenta en versión completa en español este «retrato intelectual y moral» que Jorge Luis Borges hizo de su propia vida.

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This work is not an "imaginary autobiography," though it takes some slight liberty with a few scenes and names. But "veracity"? I know something of the cunning of desire, duplicity of memoration. Against these, we can only summon the will to authenticity, in mutual trust. Page xi Acknowledgments The first chapter of this work appeared, rather differently, in the Kenyon Review (Summer 1983) and the second appeared, in an earlier, shorter form, in SubStance 37/38 (Winter-Spring 1983). My appreciation endures for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for the Vilas Trust Estate: their support has made this, as earlier, writing an integral part of my work.

She was pretty, vain of her youth as a mother, tight this side of parsimony, less curious than my father and less eager to please. She prized ambition more than learning, honored tenacity in the world. What, then, did I receive from her? A certain grimness of purpose? Or did I come to value what she disprized: knowledge, generosity in all its forms? And why must we obscurely pit parent against parent, and so violate our trust, our life? As for my uncles, they were an outrageous bunch, more truculent on my father's side; spendthrift and ge- Page 20 nial, rather unlike my mother, on hers.

Walter Benjamin Reflections Page 1 1 Beginnings and Ends On a burning August afternoon in 1946, brisk wind and salt of the Mediterranean on my lips, I boarded the Abraham Lincoln at Port Said and sailed from Egypt, never to return. My father gave me a gold Movado wristwatch, and waved me goodbye from a bobbing white launch. I waved back, not daring to shout or speak. Churning tugs nosed the battered Liberty Ship into the seaways. I saw the town, the minarets, the high cupola of the Compagnie de Suez, recede.

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