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By Jorge Luis Borges

Los angeles Autobiografía de Jorge Luis Borges, escrita originalmente en inglés con los angeles colaboración de Norman Thomas di Giovanni, fue publicada por primera vez en 1970 en l. a. revista the hot Yorker. Concebida como una guía biográfica que acompaña y a los angeles vez esclarece l. a. evolución literaria de Borges desde los angeles precoz erudición hasta su definitiva consagración common, l. a. obra obtuvo un éxito rotundo que le valió ser traducida de inmediato al portugués, el italiano y el alemán. Es por otra parte el texto más extenso que Borges haya escrito y cada una de sus páginas irradia en el estilo aparentemente sencillo de su última producción l. a. inteligencia, el humor sutil y los angeles perfección en el uso del lenguaje que lo distinguen. Los especialistas en l. a. obra de Borges l. a. han considerado una pieza primary para establecer cualquier tipo de interpretación crítica. En el año del centenario de su nacimiento, por primera vez se presenta en versión completa en español este «retrato intelectual y moral» que Jorge Luis Borges hizo de su propia vida.

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Once I started to see myself for the first time, I emma | E V E R Y D AY M AT T E R S 37 started seeing them for the first time, too. I began to notice and care about what they might be experiencing, and they began to develop the depth and richness of literary characters. I could almost feel along with their feelings now, as we talked, feel the contours of them as they tried to express them to me. Instead of a boring blur, the life around me now was sharp and impor­ tant. Everything was interesting, everything was meaningful, every conversation held potential revelations.

But the other part—what about that? We come into the world as a tiny bun­ dle of impulse and ignorance—how do we ever become fit for human company, let alone capable of love? This, I discovered that summer, was what Jane Austen’s nov­ els were about. Her heroines were sixteen or nineteen or twenty (people married young in those days, especially women). We followed them for a few weeks, or a few months, or a year. They started out in one place, and gradually—or sometimes, quite suddenly—they ended up somewhere else.

No doubt self-flattery had played a big role there. Austen had seduced me into identifying with her heroine, and I had been only too pride and prejudice | GROWING UP 49 happy to comply. Now it turned out that if I did indeed re­ semble her, it was not for the reasons I’d supposed. Elizabeth trusted her judgment way too much—just as I did. She was so much cleverer than everyone she knew except her father—who was always telling her how clever she was—that she imagined that everything she believed must be true, just because she be­ lieved it.

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