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Adolfo Bioy Casares

[an overview of the reviews and critical reactions]

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To purchase Borges

Title: Borges
Author: Adolfo Bioy Casares
Genre: Biographical
Written: (2006)
Length: 1663 pages
Original in: Spanish
Availability: Borges - US
Borges - España
  • Borges has not yet been translated into English
  • Edited by Daniel Martino

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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

The publishers declined to provide us with a copy, and we haven't come across one on our own

Chances that we will review it:

Very good -- if we can get our hands on a copy (though even then it will take a while to get through ...)

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
Financial Times . 19/1/2007 Angel Gurria-Quintana
Letras Libres . 1/2007 Pablo Sol Mora
TLS . 29/6/2007 David Gallagher

  Review Consensus:

  More a book to dip into than read, cover to cover -- and where's the index ?

  From the Reviews:
  • "This extraordinary volume sheds light on Borges’ omnivorous intellect while exposing his unbridled snobbery. He was a man of forceful, though inconsistent, opinions: Shakespeare is the most overrated writer, Joyce’s books are idiotic but keep literary critics employed, anyone who admires Baudelaire is an imbecile. Borges is especially astringent about his compatriots (.....) It is not through his highbrow witticisms but through his unguarded comments that we learn most about him. (...) The book is a remarkable glimpse into an equally remarkable literary friendship. It is, perhaps, as close as one can get to Borges the writer and, especially, to Borges the man." - Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times

  • "Borges está lleno de anécdotas y frases brillantes sobre los más diversos temas, de opiniones curiosas, de ocurrencias y de chismes, pero, ante todo, de literatura. La amistad entre Bioy y Borges fue desde el principio una prolongada conversación sobre autores y libros, y ésta es la que con justicia ocupa la mayor parte del diario. El índice de los escritores y obras discutidos abarcaría varias páginas -- y, por cierto, se echa de menos. Borges no es una hagiografía ni un panegírico, aunque sea, esencialmente, un homenaje (.....) Como los diarios y los cuadernos de notas, el Borges será más bien un libro para abrirse en cualquier parte y encontrarse con una anécdota o una sentencia memorable." - Pablo Sol Mora, Letras Libres

  • "Fortunately, Borges’s great works rise way above the tetchiness of their author. But no great insights into them will be found in Adolfo Bioy Casares’s Borges. (...) Borges is a curious book because, despite so much talk, much that most ordinary mortals consider really important is left unsaid between the two friends. (...) This book will seem far too long to readers who are not Borges or Bioy scholars. But it is often entertaining. (...) (I)t is incredible that a book of this length has no index. It has at the end a list of people who appear in it, but no page references – a major shortcoming for a book that few will read from beginning to end but which many readers will want to consult." - David Gallagher, Times Literary Supplement

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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Notes about the Reviews
and the Book's Reception

       Sight unseen it still sounded like the book-of-the-year to us when we first heard about it; while it's gotten some foreign notice it doesn't seem to have made quite the splash we expected. Most of the fuss seems to have been around Borges-widow María Kodama's griping about the book .....
       The critics have also noted the sheer size of this thing -- and yet it's not entirely comprehensive (it's only the Borges-parts of Bioy Casares' diary) and comes without an index.
       No word on any English-language edition yet.

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Borges: Reviews: Jorge Luis Borges: Adolfo Bioy Casares: Other Borges-related books under review: Other books by Adolfo Bioy Casares under review: Other books of interest under review:

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About the Author:

       Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares lived 1914-1999, and is best known for the works he wrote together with Jorge Luis Borges.

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