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Borges on writing.
Borges, Jorge Luis, 1899-1986.
[First edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton, 1973.
Physical Description:
173 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Based on transcripts of discussions between Borges, Di Giovanni, MacShane, and students in the graduate writing program at Columbia University in 1971.

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PQ7797.B635 Z52 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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With its oversize flaps and bright, bold illustrations, this follow-up to the highly successful Peek-a-Zoo! is sure to be a hit with young readers. On every page, kids play peek-a-boo with different pets. Each animal sound becomes part of the game: Guess who? "Peek-a-woof!" says the dog. Sweet and funny, this book will bring many hours of fun.


Author Notes

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1899, Jorge Borges was educated by an English governess and later studied in Europe. He returned to Buenos Aires in 1921, where he helped to found several avant-garde literary periodicals. In 1955, after the fall of Juan Peron, whom he vigorously opposed, he was appointed director of the Argentine National Library. With Samuel Beckett he was awarded the $10,000 International Publishers Prize in 1961, which helped to establish him as one of the most prominent writers in the world. Borges regularly taught and lectured throughout the United States and Europe. His ideas have been a profound influence on writers throughout the Western world and on the most recent developments in literary and critical theory.

A prolific writer of essays, short stories, and plays, Borges's concerns are perhaps clearest in his stories. He regarded people's endeavors to understand an incomprehensible world as fiction; hence, his fiction is metaphysical and based on what he called an esthetics of the intellect. Some critics have called him a mystic of the intellect. Dreamtigers (1960) is considered a masterpiece.

A central image in Borges's work is the labyrinth, a mental and poetic construct, that he considered a universe in miniature, which human beings build and therefore believe they control but which nevertheless traps them. In spite of Borges's belief that people cannot understand the chaotic world, he continually attempted to do so in his writing. Much of his work deals with people's efforts to find the center of the labyrinth, symbolic of achieving understanding of their place in a mysterious universe. In such later works as The Gold of the Tigers, Borges wrote of his lifelong descent into blindness and how it affected his perceptions of the world and himself as a writer.

Borges died in Geneva in 1986.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Stephanie Peterson lives in Colorado.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The paper-over-board Peek-a-Pet by Marie Torres Cimarusti, illus. by Stephanie Peterson, joins Peek-a-Moo and Peek-a-Zoo, this time inducing giggles with a game of peek-a-boo with dogs, cats and frogs that hide behind large flaps shaped like paws, wings or tails. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved