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Sarah Roger

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746157

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746157.001.0001

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Borges Père and Borges Fils

Borges Père and Borges Fils

(p.12) 2 Borges Père and Borges Fils
Borges and Kafka

Sarah Roger

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces Borges fils’s (Jorge Luis’s) relationship with Borges père (Jorge Guillermo) and the impact this relationship had on Borges fils’s development as a writer. Included among Borges père’s influences on his son were his extensive library and his interest in metaphysics—particularly Berkeley’s idealist philosophy and Zeno’s paradoxes. Although psychoanalytic critics tend to suggest otherwise, father and son had a positive relationship. Borges père encouraged his son’s vocation and supported him financially, while Borges fils helped his father with his own writing. This chapter includes an analysis of Borges père’s published writing, including his modernista poems ‘Momentos’ and ‘El cantar de los cantares’, his translations of the Rubiáyát, and his novel El caudillo.

Keywords:   biography, Borges, father–son relationship, Jorge Guillermo Borges, modernismo, psychoanalysis

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