The Borges Factor
El factor Borges
This book is not a detective novel or a story of spies. It is an essay about reading. An instruction manual for readers to understand the work of Jorge Luís Borges. Some people look for the Holy Grail, others search for Moby Dick; with the same tenaciousness, this book tracks down the clues that will lead to the discovery of the Borges Factor. Pauls inspects the fingerprints and studies the magic molecule that makes Borges who he is, overcoming the numerous interpretations, readings and translations that have tried to make Borges fit into our world; this book aims, on the other hand, to make the world more Borgesian. On the way, the author finds a a happy failure: there is no Borges factor, there are many. Alan Pauls, himself an extraordinary novelist, demonstrates that he is also a magnificent and incisive essayist.
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- France (Christian Bourgois)
Alan Pauls (Buenos Aires, 1959) is an author, journalist, script writer and cinema critic. He has a BA and was a lecturer of Literary Theory in the Philosophy department of the UBA and the founder of the magazine Lecturas Críticas. He was editor-in-chief of the magazine Página/30 and has also been associate editor of Radar, the Sunday supplement of Página/12, which he continues contributing to regularly.
At the moment he writes a column for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and organizes the independent cinema season el ciclo Primer Plano for cable I-Sat.