Portrait of Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges described his singularity in the following way: he had never left his father's library. This library that we often and quite readily associate with the labyrinth was the place where his work found its source, where a dialogue between his work and the books of the past took place. Blindness, which gradually set in, could only encourage his withdrawal into his inner life.

Alberto Manguel said about Borges: "I read to him (Borges was blind around 50 years old) Kipling. I read him short stories that he remembered with precision. He dissected the short story in such a way that I had the impression of finding myself in front of a watchmaker who is dismantling a watch to 'see' how it works."

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