University of Pittsburgh

Daniel Balderston

1986

Biography

Lives his final months in the Vielle Ville of Geneva. On 26 April 1986 marries María Kodama through a proxy in Colonia Rojas Silva, Paraguay. Death 14 June 1986 in Geneva; burial in the Plainpalais Cemetery, near the tombs of Jean Calvin, Jean Piaget and Alberto Ginastera.

Locations

Borges visits Italy, Santa Barbara, Spain, and Geneva.

Historical Context

President Alfonsín implements an economic stabilization program (“Plan Austral”).

Books

1985

Biography

Travels to Madrid and Barcelona to present Los conjurados. In November, final departure from Argentina, for Geneva, accompanied by María Kodama.

Locations

Borges visits Italy, Santa Barbara, Spain, and Geneva.

Historical Context

Military leaders of the “Process” tried and sentenced for violation of human rights. Radical Party wins mid-term elections.

Books

1984

Biography

Death of Maurice Abramowicz. Prizes in Italy. Speaks at the opening of an exhibit on Kafka at the Pompidou Center. Travels to Morocco to an international conference of poets.

Locations

Borges travels to Italy, Japan, Greece, Turkey, New York, Puerto Rico, Paris, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Historical Context

1983

Biography

Awards in France, Spain and the United States. Presidential elections in Argentina bring Raúl Alfonsín to power, ending the military government.

Locations

Borges visits Paris, Great Britain, Austin, Madison, Carlisle, Brazil, Spain, Geneva, Chicago, New York, and New Orleans.

Historical Context

1982

Biography

Award in Portugal. War between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Malvinas/Falkland Islands; Borges publishes a text against the war.

Locations

Borges travels to the United States, Ireland, Germany, Geneva, and Spain.

Historical Context

1981

Biography

Travels to Rome, New Orleans, Mexico City. Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Puerto Rico. Signs petition against human rights abuses by the military government.

Locations

Borges visits Italy, Spain, Harvard, New York, Puerto Rico, Italy, and Mexico.

Historical Context

1980

Biography

Cervantes Prize (shared with Gerardo Diego) awarded in Spain. Other literary prizes in Buenos Aires and Paris. Travels to Japan and the United States.

Locations

Borges travels to New York, Chicago, Boston, Indiana, Spain, Paris, and Italy.

Historical Context

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, human rights advocate, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Books

1979

Biography

Publication of the single-volume Obras completas en colaboración. Awards in Germany, France and Iceland. Trip to Japan with María Kodama, and to New York, invited by the PEN Club.

Locations

Borges visits Paris, Germany, Iceland, and Japan.

Historical Context

Interamerican Commission for Human Rights investigate crimes against humanity.

Books

1978

Biography

The Sorbonne awards him a doctorate honoris causa. Travels to Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador.

Locations

Borges travels to Geneva, Egypt, Mexico, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Historical Context

Argentina wins the Soccer World Cup held in Argentina. Argentina and Chile on the brink of an armed conflict because of a border dispute.

Books

1977

Biography

Travels to Italy, France and Switzerland. Awarded doctorate honoris causa from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán.

Locations

Borges visits Paris, Geneva, Italy, and Greece.

Historical Context

The “Mothers of Plaza de Mayo” (mothers of the disappeared) organize and begin their struggle for human rights.

Books

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