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 New Yorker

A collection of interviews now available from New Directions for the first time

Borges at Eighty

Literatureby Jorge Luis Borges

Translated from Spanish by Willis Barnstone

The words of a genius: Borges at Eighty transcends our expectations of ordinary conversation. In these interviews with Barnstone, Dick Cavett, and Alastair Reid, Borges touches on favorite writers (Whitman, Poe, Emerson) and familiar themes — labyrinths, mystic experiences, and death — and always with great, throw-away humor. For example, discussing nightmares, he concludes, “When I wake up, I wake to something worse. It’s the astonishment of being myself.”

Paperback(published Jun, 26 2013)

ISBN
9780811221214
Price US
18.95
Price CN
20
Page Count
192

Ebook(published Jun, 26 2013)

ISBN
9780811223249
Portrait of Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

Twentieth-century Argentine author

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 New Yorker