The name Jorges Luis Borges immediately comes to mind when speaking of any sort of great literature in Argentina and Latin America. Students studying Spanish in Argentina will soon become familiar with this literary genius and all of his strange and eccentric masterpieces.
Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899, and lived in the suburb, which students taking Spanish lessons in Buenos Aires have come to know and love, famous Palermo. At this time, Palermo was not at all the same Palermo that it is today. The neighborhood was characterized by cabarets and brothels, men chasing lusty women, tango bars and knife fights, and most of all by the seediness that lay in each street path. Very different than what the trendy Palermo today offers its students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires!
Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires may agree that perhaps this is where Borges imagination began to open and fill with all the strangeness, passion, and history that is found in all of his many writings. Unlike most people in his neighborhood, Borges was from the middle-class and quite the intellectual thanks to his parents’ persistent push of education.
In his literary works, students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires should be able to recognize the ideas Borges took from Argentina and Buenos Aires to put into his writings. Students learning Spanish in Argentina need not worry about a language barrier, as having studied English in Europe for a few years, Borges also wrote some of his pieces in English, later which were translated into Spanish.
Spanish immersion students in Argentina will find that among writing poems, critic pieces, short stories, and novels, Borges also collaborated in the founding of new publications, was named director of the National Library in Buenos Aires, and over the years won countless awards. In the 1950’s Borges went completely blind and works thereafter were written in narration; students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will notice that his imagination and skilled story telling never changed in this time.
Students studying Spanish in Buenos Aires can find the works of Borges throughout the city as Argentina, and the rest of Latin America pride him as one of the greatest writers of all time. Students learning Spanish in Argentina will find that he writes everything from poems to fiction stores, all incredibly imaginative and at the same time very complex. His 1944 collection of short stories, Ficciones, is seen as a masterpiece, and has been translated into numerous different languages around the world.