Days before his death, Borges gave an intimate interview to his friend, the Argentine journalist Gloria Lopez Lecube. That interview is translated for the first time here, giving English-language readers a new insight into his life, loves, and thoughts about his work and country at the end of his life.
Accompanying that interview are a selection of the fascinating interviews he gave throughout his career. Highlights include his celebrated conversations with Richard Burgin during Borges's time as a lecturer at Harvard University, in which he gives rich new insights into his own works and the literature of others, as well as discussing his now oft-overlooked political views. The pieces combine to give a new and revealing window on one of the most celebrated cultural figures of the past century.
""Further acquaintance with the writings of Borges reveals a complex person who draws extensively from the world's literatures and philosophies, but who with the same breath denies his cosmopolitan urbanity... A highly personal offering. Borges is perhaps telling us that this interview experience was indeed a moment of self-knowledge, a moment suspended in time—that Richard Burgin did indeed help him to ‘know himself.’” —New York Times