This page collects links to Borges-related reviews. If you know of a review we could add, or would you like to submit one for inclusion, please send it in!
Borges Dark Mirror
New York Review of Books, 22 October 1998
The Nobel-prize winning author J.M. Coetzee looks at Borges and his stories. Requires a subscription or a $4.00 fee.
Birds of America, Borges, and the Book Festival
Austin Chronicle, 20-26 November 1998
Mackay discusses Borges, Pierre Menard, and Andrew Hurleys translation. He finds, like many reviewers, that the translations in this volume are superbly readable but occasionally lose the poetry that other translators found in Borges.
Books About Borges
Unthinking Thinking, by Floyd Merrel
Floyd Merrels Unthinking Thinking
Silvia G. Dapía
Variacciones Borges, 1996
Dapía finds Merrels book on Borges and mathematics a fascinating book, recommendable for its goals, scope, and knowledge of secondary material.
Borges, A Life, by James Woodall
James Woodalls Borges, A Life
Donald L. Shaw
Review No. 57, 1997
A very insightful and balanced review of Woodalls biography.
Borges: A Life, by Edwin Williamson
Beyond the Labyrinth
Boston Globe, 1 August 2004
Ortega writes, “Almost an oral history, the book is a fine discussion of Borges' involvement in Argentine politics, literary life, fame, travel, as well as political redemption.”
Taking Borges to the Head-Shrinker
San Francisco Chronicle, 8 August 2004
Blaisdell critiques Williamsons approach as intrusively psychoanalytical.
Borges: A Life
Washington Post, 8 August 2004
Dirda finds Williamson’s work “a useful and important biography, if slightly flawed in its focus.”
Miami Herald, 8 August 2004
A very positive review.
Borges: A Life by Edwin Williamson
Salon.com, 27 August 2004
In a rather idiosyncratic review, Barra speaks quite favorably of Williamson’s biography.
The Atlantic, September 2004
Hitchens labels Williamson’s biography as “althogether first-rate.” (Subscribers only)
Sightless Seer of Buenos Aires
The Economist, 9 September 2004
A favorable, but fairly descriptive, by-the-numbers review.
Other Borges Reviews
William H. Gass
New York Review of Books, 20 November 1969
Novelist William Gass on Borges The Book of Imaginary Beings, Richard Burgins Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges, and Ronald Christs The Narrow Act: Borges Art of Allusion. Requires a subscription or a $4.00 fee.
Sean Kernans The Secret Books
Allen B. Ruch
The Modern Word, 16 November 1999
A review of Sean Kernans haunting homage to Borges and books.
Rhys Hughes A New Universal History of Infamy
Allen B. Ruch
The Modern Word, 20 March 2004
A look at Welsh writer Rhys Hughes’ “update” of a Borges classic.