The lectures are separate literary journeys that we could not take by ourselves. Borges is our Virgil; only he knows the way.
As Carlos Fuentes remarked, without Borges, the modern Latin American novel simply would not exist.
—John Updike, The New Yorker
A giant of world literature.
—Peter Ackroyd, The London Times
His is the literature of eternity.
Readers will probably find Professor Borges more enthralling as a document of Borges himself than as a guide to English literature. Borges’s vast erudition is felt everywhere in these pages, and he is at his best when he digresses.
—New York Daily News
Borges’ delivery will engross you — he is an excellent storyteller.
—The New Yorker
One of the collection’s most interesting aspects is the interaction of these incompatible elements: the obvious pleasure Borges takes in the opportunity to present himself for public consumption, and his reflexive skepticism about the necessary fraudulence of the writer as personality.
—The Globe and Mail
What you glean from seeing Borges’s work as a whole is just how thoroughly he dedicated himself to literature as a medium, and as a tradition. That panoramic passion and erudition has been captured once more, this time in a more informal setting, in Professor Borges
—David Foster Wallace
Borges is arguably the great bridge between modernism and post-modernism in world literature.
I could live under a table reading Borges.