Photo courtesy of Historia de la Literatura Argentina, Vol. I, Centro Editor de América Latina
I’ve lived in Austin for almost nine years: four as an undergraduate and then, after a stint in Houston, four and a half more while I’ve worked on my PhD. I love this city, but I sometimes miss the sense of wonder that I had when I was a seventeen-year-old freshman walking through West Campus and marveling at the all of the youth and energy and all the ways the city offered itself to my new-found, adult, freedom.
For Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, this was always a place of wonder. Miguel Enguidános—on faculty here when Borges arrived—wrote in the introduction to El hacedor that, “Texas was, for him, an epic-laden dream.” Borges came as a visiting professor in 1961 and left in early 1962. He came back several times for short visits, but still…
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