Photo: Google Doodle Honors Argentine Author Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine novelist and master of short fiction would have turned 112 today.
Borges was born in the Argentine capital and in 1914, moved to Switzerland with his family. Homeschooled until age 11, Borges learned to speak several languages, supported by the family’s vast library.
“If I were asked to name the chief event in my life, I should say my father’s library,” said the brilliant author once.
Google will display all day today a magic realism inspired Doodle, where an aging man gazes proudly toward a scene comprised of structures of great architectural complexity; the structures are reminiscent of the magic realism/science fiction buildings described in many of Borges’ novels and stories.
Jorge Luis Borges’ literary style was filled with magical realism, dreams, labyrinths, libraries, fabulous animals, fictional writers, and the sort.
Borges died of cancer in Switzerland, in June 1986. For the last twenty years of his life, Borges had lost his sight, but continued writing, assisted by his mother, to whom he was very close.
Borges was never granted the Nobel Prize for his invaluable contribution to the world literature; though he always resented the omission, and it was a cause of great distress up until the time of his death, he once joked that, “Not granting me the Nobel Prize has become a Scandinavian tradition; since I was born they have not granted it to me.”
He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 1986.