Borges in Austin

The End of Austin

borges1 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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