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Interviews with Borges


Hanson, Clinton Cody. An Annotated Bibliography of Interviews of Jorge Luis Borges. Master's Degree Thesis. Provo: Brigham Young University, 2008.


  • Respuesta de nuestra encuesta sobre la nueva generación literariaNosotros 17.44 (May 1923), #168, pp. 16-17. [Response to survey, included in Textos recobrados 1919-1929, pp. 390-91.]
    • Hanson: A young Borges offers written responses to a survey on his (the new) generation of Argentine authors and on himself as a writer.


  • Marinetti fue una medida profilácticaCrítica (20 May 1926). [Interview included in Textos recobrados 1919-1929, pp. 391-92.]
    • Hanson: Borges responds to this survey just three years after publishing Fervor de Buenos Aires. Borges gives his opinion on Marinetti and his influence.
  • Nuestra encuesta: ¿Cuál es, a su juicio, el peor libro del año? [Response to survey included in Textos recobrados 1919-1929, p. 393.]
    • Hanson: Borges is asked what was the worst book of the year and in a short paragraph he responds Zogoibi by Enrique Larreta.


  • Cocktail Soto y CalvoLa Gaceta del Sur [Rosario] 1.4-5 (June-July 1928). [Letter included in Textos recobrados, 1919-1929, pp. 394-95, in response to polemic around Borges's 1927 review of Soto y Calvo's anthology Índice y fe de erratas de la nueva poesía americana.]
    • Hanson: Borges responds with humor to this survey that asked his opinion on Francisco Soto y Calvo.



  • Encuestas de "La Razón": ¿Recuerda Ud. Quien le enseño las primeras letras? La Razón (31 August 1931), p. 12. [Included in Textos recobrados 1931-1955, pp. 18-19.] 
    • Hanson: Borges recounts his earliest experience learning to read as well as his early school years.


  • Almas al desnudo. Respuestas de Jorge Luis BorgesLa Novela Semanal 16.771 (19 September 1932), p. 24. [Interview.]
    • Hanson: A engaging and short read in which a young and clever Borges mailed in his written answers to 14 questions about relationships, women, wealth, names, jealousy, Buenos Aires, at what time he was born, words, movies, color, and what he would invent.


  • ¿El arte debe estar al servicio del problema social? [Contesta Jorge Luis Borges]. Contra 3 (July 1933), p. 13. [Included in Textos recobrados 1931-1955, p. 343 as "Arte, arte puro, arte propaganda…”]
    • Hanson: In two short paragraphs Borges humorously gives his opinion on art and whether it should address social issues.


  • Encuesta sobre la novela. Gaceta de Buenos Aires 1.6 (6 October 1934), p. 1. [Response to survey. Included in Textos recobrados 1931-1955, pp. 346-47.]
    • Hanson: Borges praises certain authors by name in his written response to this survey on the Argentine novel.


  • Yo . . . yo. ¿Qué opina Vd. de sí mismo? Leoplán 2.24 (11 December 1935). [Response to survey, included in Textos recobrados 1931-1955, 131-32.]
    • Hanson: With characteristic humility Borges briefly gives his opinion of himself.


  • América y el destino de la civilización occidental. [Respuesta] De Jorge Luis BorgesNosotros [second period] 1.1 (April 1936), pp. 60-61. [Response to survey. Included in Textos recobrados 1931-1955, pp. 350-51.]
    • Hanson: On the brink of the Second World War, Borges offers a written response to Nosotros on the state of the American continent materially and spiritually and its ability to defend itself.



Borges par Borges (1972)


  • Yates, Donald, et al. A Colloquy With Jorge Luis BorgesThe Gypsy Scholar [Michigan State] 3.3 (1976), pp. 65-76. [Included in Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed.Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. pp. 149-63.]
    • Hanson: This 1976 discussion is moderated by Yates and questions are asked by the audience. Borges speaks of English language authors and literature, reading, literary criticism, the allegory, writing, and the English language.
  • Borges inédito…y profético: Una visión de los Estados Unidos. Cuestionario 4.38 (1976), pp. 1561-63. [Included in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. pp. 109-18.]
    • Hanson: Borges describes the United States and its citizens. For example, Borges feels American students only read for school and do little home reading, American libraries have many books, and Americans are a lonely people.
  • Borges on BorgesColorado Quarterly 25 (1976), pp. 138-53.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses several themes of interest, such as: how literature has influenced him, genre divisions, how his youth in Geneva influenced him, Ultraism, film, “El sur,” “El milagro secreto,” Argentina, “Borges y yo,” dreams, and music.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Ernesto Sábato. Diálogos. Ed. Orlando Barone. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1976.
    • Hanson: This 200-page book records Barone’s interviews with Borges and Sábato between 1974 and 1975. Borges and Sábato converse about when they met, literature, Martín Fierro, God, language, film, short story, novel, the Quijote, music, success, dreams, philosophy, heaven and hell, creation, Borges’s literary works, and death.
  • Geneson, Paul. Interview with Jorge Luis BorgesMichigan Quarterly Review 16 (1977), pp. 243-55.
    • Hanson: A thorough 1976 interview that touches on a wide range of literary topics, including: literary genre, poetry, novel, film, Spanish and English authors and works, literary criticism, science fiction, and his views on teaching and writing.
  • Espejo, Miguel, and Carlos Dámaso Martínez. Jorge Luis Borges: ‘Soy un escritor y quizás un poeta.' La Palabra y el Hombre [Xalapa, Mexico] 18 (1976), pp. 14-22. [Repeated in Clarín [sec. Cultura y Nación] (16 Jun 1988), p 8.]
    • Hanson: In this short interview Borges’s modesty is apparent. He answers questions regarding art, knowledge, his fame, science, and language.
  • Se llama Borges: se le perdona todo…hasta su racismoRevista Extra 12.133 (1976).
    • Hanson: Veteran interviewer Neustadt cannot seem to get the upper hand on Borges, who offers witty answers to intentionally provocative questions. Borges responds to his questions, but leaves the reader asking if he is serious. Topics include Blacks, race, democracy, love, liberty, friendship, and the languages Borges knows.
  • An Interview with Jorge Luis Borges: "...Merely a Man of Letters.” Philosophy and Literature 1.3 (1977), pp. 337-41.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses how philosophers and philosophical methods are employed in his writings in this 1976 interview.
  • Jorge Rivera and Jorge Lafforgue. Orden y violencia. Crisis (January 1976).
  • Entre recuerdos, fama y soledadRevista Familia Cristiana [Buenos Aires] (January 1976), pp 24-28. [Included in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. pp. 159-71.
    • Hanson: This interview begins with Borges explaining why he gives interviews. He also tells about a knife fights in Palermo, movies that have been made from his stories, his training as a writer, his style, reflections on his life, his first love, death, and fame.
  • Enguídanos, Miguel, et al. Now I am More or Less Who I am. Ed. and trans. Willis Barnstone. [Included in Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. pp. 164-75.]
    • Hanson: This is the edited transcript of a colloquium held at the University of Indiana on April 1, 1976. Borges comments on his writing, himself as a character in his stories, Rio de la Plata literature, ethics, his influences, Spanish authors, God, and literary criticism.

    Martín Müeller. Borges frente a BorgesLa Opinion: Cultural (9 May 1976), pp. 1-4.

    • Hanson: This article records a speech that Borges gave in 1975, in which he talks humbly about being a writer. He makes observations on his poetry, his stories, language, inspiration, and how much writers earn.
  • Joaquín Soler Serrano. Entrevista a Jorge Luis Borges. A Fondo (1976). Radiotelevisión Española.


Reportaje/Conversación con Raúl Burzaco (1985)