The Argentinian-born author, poet, and translator Jorge Luis Borges was born on this day in 1899. He was raised in Switzerland and Argentina, and died in 1986 in Switzerland.
Borges was a leading mind in science fiction as well as a pioneer in the magic realism genre.
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He is also known for writing fake reviews of works by authors who never existed. Of himself, he famously said, according to the Telegraph, “I am not sure that I exist, actually […] I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities that I have visited, all my ancestors.”
Some of his most prominent works include Ficciones, The Aleph and Labyrinths, all collections of interconnected short stories
In the 1975, he published “The Book of Sand,” about an endless tome, whose pages can be looked upon only once. “Borges was blind by this point, but in his blending of worlds and epochs, fantasies and realities, he could be said to be glimpsing a fully digital future of infinite downloading,” writes the Washington Post.