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Interviews with Borges

The interviews are arranged in chronological order. When we know the exact date of the meeting with Borges, we have used that one as a guide instead of the publication date.

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

1923

  • 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.

1926

  • 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.

1928

  • 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.

1929

1931

  • 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.

1932

  • Piquet, Adriana. De Jorge Luis Borges (soltero): "La mujer tiene la culpa de la crisis del matrimonio y de la crisis económica"Mundo argentino 20 Apr. 1932: 42. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: This interview addresses a unique topic. In it Borges declares that women are enemies to men and society; however, it is unclear what his true feelings are.

  • 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.

1933

  • ¿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.

1934

  • 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.

1935

  • 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.

1936

  • 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.

1940

  • Una palabra propia: Jorge Luis BorgesCine argentino. Apr. 1940. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges gives information on Suburbio, a film being made from a script he wrote titled Prisioneros de la tierra in collaboration with Ulyses Petit de Murat.

1945

  • Contesta Jorge Luis BorgesLatitud [Buenos Aires] Feb. 1945. Rpt. in Borges por él mismo. Ed. Emir Rodríguez Monegal. Barcelona: Laia, 1984. 151-53. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1931-1955. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 352-54.
    • Hanson: In this brief interview Borges explains why he writes, his literary ambitions, and his current projects.
  • Debates de Sur: Moral y literaturaSur Apr. 1945. Rpt. in Borges en Sur (1931-1980). Barcelona: Emecé, 1999. 297-99.
    • Hanson: In this short article Borges addresses the topics of moral vs. immoral literature and ethics.

1946

  • Y esto ocurrió en Buenos Aires en 1946: Jorge Luis Borges, escritor que enorgullece a la Argentina fue enviado a inspeccionar gallinasEl Plata [Montevideo] 25 July 1946. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1931-1955. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 358-60.
    • Hanson: Borges recounts how he was forced to resign his position as librarian.
  • Canto, Estela. Entrevista con Jorge Luis BorgesCabalgata 1.4 [Quincenario Popular. Espectáculos, Literatura, Noticias, Ciencias, Artes, Buenos Aires] 19 Nov. 1946. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1931-1955. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 361-64.
    • Hanson: This short interview shows how Borges controls the topic of the interview as he talks about the Argentine novel, Argentine cinema, and popular Argentine music.

1948

  • H., O. Habla para Cabalgata Jorge Luis Borges: Sobre el mundo de lo fantástico y lo gauchescoCabalgata Jan. 1948: 11. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges talks about his own current projects, his projects with Bioy Casares, gaucho poetry, and who he considers to be the best of the new generation of Argentine authors.

1949

  • Alvaro, Blas. ¿Quién será el próximo premio Nobel de literatura? Leoplan (Oct. 1949): 8-11. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Though not really an interview, Borges does provides an answer to the question in the article’s title. He mentions several authors he considers deserving of the prize.

1955

  • Jorge Luis Borges, encrucijada de admiraciones y negaciones, nos habla de su labor futuraNoticias Gráficas [Buenos Aires] 19 July 1955. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1931-1955. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 367-71.
    • Hanson: Borges answers questions on his literary work and on Martín Fierro.
  • Jorge Luis Borges: Rechazó el "salario del miedo" de la dictaduraCrítico [Buenos Aires] 1 Oct. 1955. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1931- 1955. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 372-73.
    • Hanson: In this two-paragraph dialogue Borges explains how he survived economically during Perón’s rule and gives a metaphor for Perón’s overthrow.
  • Stefano, Rafael. Flamante director de la bibliotecaPropósitos [Buenos Aires] 3 Nov. 1955. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 374-77.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses some changes that will be made at the National Library.
  • Bartolomew, Roy. Jorge Luis Borges en la Biblioteca NacionalEl Hogar (18 Nov. 1955): 12+. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: In the interview portion of this article, Borges is asked about Groussac, Lugones, and his current projects.
  • Mazza Leiva, Francisco. Jorge Luis Borges, Director de la Biblioteca Nacional, aprendió el abece del bibliotecario en Boedo¡Aquí Boedo! Nov. 1955: 2-3. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: During this visit in the National Library, Borges is asked about what new literature will be like and what will happen to poetry.

1956

  • Guillen Castro, Luis. ¿Cómo ve usted el año 1956? El Hogar 6 Jan. 1956: 30+. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges declares enthusiastically his hopes and aspirations for the year 1956. He affirms that it will be a good year due to the revolution that occurred on September 16, 1955 in Argentina. Borges relates some of his projects that he hopes will be published and the type of literary work he hopes for his country.
  • Moreira Rojas, Alberto A. Una entrevista con Jorge Luis BorgesBoletin del Instituto Amigos del Libro Argentino Jan.-Feb. 1956: 8-10. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges responds to questions about his position in the Academia de Letras.
  • ¿Cree usted en Dios? Mundo argentino 11 July 1956. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 319-20. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: In the interview portion of this article, Borges is asked about Groussac, Lugones, and his current projects.
  • Jotabea. Dice Borges: "El conocimiento del idioma en que se expresa crea un sentimiento pudoroso y casi reverencial en el escritor"El Hogar July 1956: 36+. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges describes his literary abilities, including his gift of idiomatic exactness and the ideas he addresses in his works.
  • ¿Qué soluciones propone usted para los problemas del país?: Apoyar la obra de la revolución: Expresa Jorge Luis Borges, Director de la Biblioteca NacionalEl Hogar 2 Nov. 1956. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges responds to questions on the state of the revolutionary government, the state of the country, and the role and state of the writer during the transition.

1957

  • Si le quedaran cinco minutos de vida, ¿qué haría usted? Leoplán [Buenos Aires] 1 Apr. 1957. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 321.
    • Hanson: Borges answers this question and relates what his grandfather did during his last five minutes of life.

1958

  • Guasta, Eugenio. Un cuestionario para tres escritores argentinosSeñales [Buenos Aires] Jan.- Feb. 1958. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956- 1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 322-24.
    • Hanson: Borges responds to questions on his vocation and formation as a writer.

1959

  • Verbitsky, Bernardo. Borges nos habla sobre verso libre y formas clásicasNoticias Gráficas [Buenos Aires] 9 June 1959: 15.
    • Hanson: A news article that summarizes an interview with Borges on poetry.
  • El caso "Lolita"Sur Sept.-Oct. 1959. Rpt. in Borges en Sur (1931-1980). Barcelona: Emecé, 1999. 308-09.
    • Hanson: Borges’s answer to this survey elaborates on why he does not read novels, as well as on the morality of literature.

1960

  • Borges una vez másEl Mundo [Suplemento: El mundo de la cultura] [Buenos Aires] (2 June 1960): 2-3. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 11-16.
    • Hanson: A candid interview in which Borges talks briefly about his current projects, why he does not write novels, contemporary literature, why he writes prologues, literary supplements in newspapers, if he is a good man, politics, cinema, nationalism, art, materialism, Fidel Castro, the word "sesquicentennial," and his ambitions.
  • Culturalmente somos un país atrasadoChaú: Periódico de Artes y Letras [Buenos Aires] Dec. 1960. Rpt. in Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recorbrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 330-32.
    • Hanson: Borges answers questions on Argentine culture, young Argentine authors, critics, and Argentine literature.

1961

  • Habla Borges sobre la filmación de "Hombre de la esquina rosada"La Prensa 2 July 1961. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges comments on two other stories he had written with Bioy Casares that were to be filmed, but were rejected. He then talks about the filming of “El hombre de la esquina rosada” and censorship.
  • Bondy, François. Gesprache mit zwei Autoren: Jorge Luis Borges und Witold GombrowiczDer Monat 13.150 (1961): 88-92.
    • Hanson: Bondy states he first became interested in Borges after reading a sensational news article in a French newspaper, and he wondered if Borges had invented it. In the summary of this interview they discuss Borges’s blindness, German literature, Joyce, Labyrinth, Kafka, Jung, Beowulf, Schopenhauer, North American literature, why Borges invents authors, and translation.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, Adolfo Bioy Casares, and Manuel Peyrou. Literatura policial: sólo para sagaces: Tres jueces, seis preguntasVea y lea [Buenos Aires] 15.368 (1961). Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis, and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Museo: Textos inéditos. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2002. 224-29.
    • Hanson: Borges et al respond to a survey of six questions on Argentine authors and the detective novel.
  • Koremblit, Bemardo Ezequiel. Catorce opiniones exhaustivas de Jorge Luis Borges, Premio Internacional de los Editores 1961Ficción [Buenos Aires] 33-34 (1961): 161-65.
    • Hanson: Borges gives his opinion on poetry, language, writing, literature without manifestos, laws, mystical numbers, politics, literature and ethics and novelists.
  • Kratochwil, H. Interview mit Jorge Luis BorgesBlätter & Bilder: Eine Zeitschrift für Dichtung, Musik und Malerei 12 (1961): 14-22.
    • Hanson: In this article translated into German, Kratochwil introduces the interview by describing Borges’s physical state. In the interview Borges talks about his employment at the National Library, how blindness affects his work, “El hacedor,” his poetry, his memory, the detective novel, Old English, his relationship with the German language, Golem by Meyrinck, the Kabbalah, his literary works, film, the film manuscripts he wrote with Bioy Casares, the novel, why he writes, his ancestors, Argentine literature, Martín Fierro, Latin American literature, Alfonso Reyes, Argentine culture, and death.

1962

  • Irby, James E. Entrevista con BorgesRevista de la Universidad de México 16.10 (1962): 4- 10. Rpt. in Encuentro con Borges. Vida Universitaria [Monterrey, México] 12.4 (1964): 7-16. Rpt. as Entretiens avec James E. Irby: Rencontre avec Borges. Jorge Luis Borges : des témoins [...]. Ed. Dominique de Roux. L’Herne. 4. Paris : L’Herne, 1964. 388-403. Rpt. in Irby, James, Napoleón Murat, and Carlos Peralta. Encuentro con Borges. Buenos Aires: Galerna, 1968. 7-53.
    • Hanson: In this 1962 interview Irby gives a four and a half page detailed description of Borges before the interview. Borges speaks of literature, his stay in Europe, many of his own literary works and the Minotaur.
  • Tyre, Carl A. Jorge Luis BorgesHispania 45.1 (1962): 80-82.
    • Hanson: This is a summary of a visit Tyre had with Borges and offers no new insights.

1963

  • Neustadt, Bernardo. Reportaje "Al día siguiente". [unknown] 17 Jan. 1963. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges responds with humor to three questions on literatura comprometida, popular culture, and nationalism.
  • García Nieto, José. Jorge Luis Borges en EspañaMundo Hispánico [16] ([Mar.] 1963): 8-12.
    • Hanson: On the occasion of this interview, Borges was Spain by invitation of the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica. He praises Spain as well as some Spanish authors, such as Unamuno. He mentions his study of Old English, the publication and sale of his books, and expresses his admiration for Rubén Darío.
  • Peralta, Carlos. La electricidad de las palabrasMarcha [Montevideo] Aug. 1963. Rpt. in L’électricité des mots. Jorge Luis Borges : des témoins [...]. Ed. Dominique de Roux. L’Herne. 4. Paris : L’Herne, 1964. 409-13. Rpt. in Irby, James, Napoleón Murat, and Carlos Peralta. Encuentro con Borges. Buenos Aires: Galerna, 1968. 103-12.
    • Hanson: A unique interview because Peralta reads a list of 23 words and Borges responds with what first comes to mind for each one. The words are: “individual,” “species,” “God,” “poetry,” “communication,” “simplicity,” “solemnity,” “Buenos Aires,” “women,” “death,” “sun,” “celebrity,” “Uruguay,” “time,” “the West,” “kindness,” “hunger,” “fiction,” “science fiction,” “magic,” “Latin America,” “politics,” and “projects.”
  • Borges. "¿El Premio Nobel a mí? Debe de ser una broma"Panorama (Sept. 1963): 96-99. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: A unique article because it includes quotes from Borges, his mother, and his neighbors. Borges is quoted on his childhood, his father, his literary works, girlfriends, God, and politics.
  • Alcorta, Gloria. Consagración en ParísLa Prensa (15 Dec. 1963). Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: In this interview, Borges talks about his literary works, sports, love, immortality, and Buenos Aires.
  • Núñez, Antonio. El perfil humano de Jorge Luis BorgesÍnsula 195 (1963): 5.
    • Hanson: A short interview that offers few insights into the life of Borges. Borges recounts basic known facts about himself and his family.
  • Entrevista a Jorge Luis Borges (1963): La novela policialContratiempo: Revista de Pensamiento y Cultura [3.6] Otoño-invierno 2003.
    • Hanson: This interview offers a detailed but brief explanation of the detective novel and how Poe’s novels define the genre.

1964

  • Botsford, Keith. About Borges and not about BorgesKenyon Review 26.4 (1964): 723-37.
    • Hanson: This article is the result of a series of dialogues Botsford had with Borges and is not an interview, but rather contains commentaries and excerpts from interviews. Borges is quoted on the topics of Old Norse, imperialism, Latin American Spanish, writing, and French.
  • Alcorta, Gloria. Entretiens avec Gloria AlcortaJorge Luis Borges : des témoins [...]. Ed. Dominique de Roux. L’Herne. 4. Paris: L’Herne, 1964. 404-408.
    • Hanson: This interview in French addresses Borges’s views on love, women, friends, and his literary works.
  • Bonafino Dorrego, Andrés. Borges dice que nuestra época es "Deliberadamente caótica"Correo de la tarde (1964). Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges gives short answers in this interview on literature. He states that detective literature is popular because people look for order due to the chaotic nature of the time period.
  • Murat, Napoleon. Entretiens avec Napoleón MuratJorge Luis Borges : des témoins [...]. Ed. Dominique de Roux. L’Herne. 4. Paris : L’Herne, 1964. 371-387. Rpt. in Irby, James, Napoleón Murat, and Carlos Peralta. Encuentro con Borges. Buenos Aires: Galerna, 1968. 55-102.
    • Hanson: This interview is divided into three topics. First, Borges speaks about his childhood, his literary work, Ultraism, his work with Bioy Casares, and writing. Second, he comments on language, literature, and film. Third, he offers brief remarks on politics and war.
  • Pizarnik, Alehandra and Ivonne A. Bordelois. Entrevista con Jorge Luis Borges ...la literatura participa de la declinación general de esta épocaZona Franca 1.2 [Caracas] (1964): 8-9.
    • Hanson: In his characteristic style, Borges speaks humbly about himself. He gives his opinion on Argentine literature, Ultraism, literature, poetry, English, and his own literary work.

1965

  • Yunge, Guillermo. Borges: vigor intelectual múltiplePEC 26 Oct. 1965: 10. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: A short interview in which Borges states he is not political, questions the ideas of Miguel Ángel Asturias, and explains why he thinks Perón will not return to Argentina.
  • Bienek, Horst. Coloquio con Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Adela Grego de Jiménez. Humboldt 24 (1965): 45-50.
    • Hanson: The occasion for this interview was Borges’s first visit to Germany. The interview begins with Borges’s relationship with the German language and Germany, and then quickly moves to Borges and his literary works.
  • Obligado, Alberto, and César Fernández Moreno. Entrevista con Jorge Luis BorgesCuadernos Hispanoamericanos 201 (1966): 729-744.
    • Hanson: In this 1965 interview Borges denies that he has an oeuvre and speaks of his life, a film version of “Hombre de la esquina rosada,” poetry and why he currently writes poetry, his first years in Spain, and Macedonio Fernández.

1966

  • Cómo y cuándo escribe un escritorLa Prensa 30 Jan. 1966. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges and six other authors answer questions on their writing process.
  • Borges: "Piazzolla no siente lo crillo"Información literaria (Mar. 1966): 6. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: A conversation about Astor Piazzolla that took place while Borges walked down the street.
  • Borges se confiesaEl Día (4 Sept. 1966). Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges talks about when he started to write, his ancestry, his literary works, and genealogy.
  • Stern, Richard. Borges on BorgesAmerican Scholar 38.3 (1969): 452-458. Rpt. in The Invention of the Real. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1982. 27-45. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 1-13.
    • Hanson: This 1966 interview is unique because it details Borges’s view on writing and his writing process.

1967

  • Fernández Moreno, César. Harto de los laberintosMundo Nuevo 18 (1967): 5-29. Rpt. as Weary of labyrinths: an interview with Jorge Luis Borges. Encounter 32.4 (1969): 3-14. Rpt. as Harto de labenintos. Borges por él mismo. Ed. Emir Rodríguez Monegal. Barcelona: Laia, 1984. 175-224.
    • HansonThis extensive interview discusses Borges’s childhood, his views on several authors, and on his own literary work. His observations include comments on Macedonio Fernández, Lugones, music, Don Segundo SombraMartín Fierro, the poet Manuel Machado, Argentine cinema, and his current projects.
  • Los fantasmas de un genioClaudia Aug. 1967: 56-59. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo. Rtp. in Somos así. Comp. Rodolfo Alonso. Buenos Aires: Días escritos, 1970.
    • Hanson:In this interview Borges recounts his youth and his fears. The interview provides insight into Borges’s fascination with (or fear of) mirrors and how he has dealt with shyness.
  • Christ, Ronald. Entrevista con Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Jorge Luis Borges. Facetas 3.1 (1970): 104-20. Rpt. of Jorge Luis Borges, an interview. Paris Review 40 (1967): 116- 64. Rpt. in Jorge Luis Borges. Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews. Ed. George Plimpton. Ser. 4. New York: Viking, 1976. 109-46.
    • Hanson:Borges talks about the epic, cinema, his stories, numbers and colors that repeat in his literary work, metaphors, English language literature, and his timidity.
  • Milleret, Jean de. Borges x BorgesAdán Sept. 1967: 40-41. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson:Taken from the book of interviews by Jean de Milleret, this article quotes Borges on “El hombre de la esquina rosada,” cocktails, theater, the novel, translating names, money, the gaucho, the human condition, and the pampa.
  • Barros, Daniel. Nuestra biblioteca nacional y la opinión de Jorge Luis BorgesHistorium (Nov.-Dec. 1967): 49-51. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Barros recounts the history of the Argentine National Library and asks Borges about his experiences with the library.
  • Burgin, Richard. Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges. New York: Holt, 1969. New York: Avon, 1970. London: Souvenir, 1973. Rpt. as Conversazioni con Borges. Trans. Vanna Brocca. Milano: Palazzi, 1971. Rpt. as Conversations avec J. L. Borges. Trans. Lola Trance. Paris: Gallimard, 1972. Rpt. as Conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Manuel R. Coronado. Madrid: Taurus, 1974.
    • Hanson: This is the definitive Borges interview book and is the result of numerous conversations between Burgin and Borges beginning in 1967 while Borges was a visiting professor at Harvard. As an extensive collection of conversations, it encompasses a wide range of topics typical of Borges interviews, including: his love of literature, his childhood, metaphysics, his literary works, philosophy, literature, violence, Nazism, detective stories, time, Henry James, Kafka, poetry, his stories that have been made into films, the cinema, Lorca, Neruda, Unamuno, art, Darwin, politics, Bioy Casares, Perón, God, and infinity.
  • Charbonnier, Georges. El escritor y su obra: entrevistas de Georges Charbonnier con Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Martí Soler. 2nd ed. México: Siglo veintiuno, 1970. Trans. of Entretiens avec Jorge Luis Borges. Paris: Gallimard, 1967.
    • Hanson: This little book of 92 pages contains 8 interviews that were recorded for a French radio program. Borges begins the first interview with humility and humor; they focus their conversation on Borges’s books that are available in French, translation, and mathematics. The second interview covers Ultraism, the metaphor, and modern literary movements. The third and fourth interviews study the question: what is literature? and evaluate aspects of poetry. The fifth continues their general discussion on literature by focusing on the problems of literature and by examining Shakespeare. The sixth, seventh, and eighth interviews explore Borges’s stories.
  • Milleret, Jean de. Entrevistas con Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Gabriel Rodríguez. [Caracas]: Monte Avila, 1970. Rpt. of Entretiens avec Jorge Luis Borges. París: Pierre Belfond, 1967.
    • Hanson: This collection of five interviews originally in French fills a book of 186 pages. As with any extensive interview between Borges and a friend, the topics discussed range from the literary and the personal to the public and the political.
  • Santana, Lázaro. La vida y la brújula: (Conversación con Borges)Ínsula 258 (1968): 1+.
    • Hanson: In this 1967 interview Borges talks about the metaphor, the fantastic, how he writes, Argentine literature, the novel, North American literature, Spanish authors, the United States, and censorship.

1968

  • Saer, Juan José. El patetismo de la novela. Comp. Jorge Conti. Crisis [Buenos Aires] Aug. 1968: 46-49. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 17-29.
    • Hanson: This interview focuses on literature. It first deals with literature in general (Chaucer, Joyce, etc.), and then with Borges’s El hacedor. Borges speaks of his own literary works with characteristic humility by first “forgetting” and then “remembering” details. He also states his political persuasions.
  • Este es Jorge Luis BorgesQuijote 1.2 (1968): 14-16. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges is asked questions about writing in general, his writing, the metaphor, Buenos Aires, and his most recent trip to the United States.
  • Marx, Patricia, and John Simon. Jorge Luis Borges: An InterviewCommonweal 89.4 (1968): 107-10. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 76-83.
    • Hanson: This interview deals specifically with art and literature. Borges responds to questions on Harvard students, literary genre, his writing process, the real vs. the unreal, fantastic literature, the purpose of his writing, religion, German authors, Ultraism, music, why sex is not prevalent in his literary work, his audience, art, and his current projects.
  • Bell, Don. A Master in Montreal: A 1968 Interview with Jorge Luis BorgesThe National Post [Canada] (24 Aug. 1999). Rpt. in AGNI 52 (2000).
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges speaks principally about his own literary works. He also talks about his identity, knives, homesickness, and time.
  • Lyon, Jr., Thomas Edgar. An Interview with Jorge Luis Borges: Conversation and Commentary on Art, Strength, and ReligionBYU Studies 34:1 (1994): 74-93.
    • Hanson: In this 1968 interview Borges comments on the word ‘Oklahoma,” North American literature, Utah, Mormonism, the Book of Mormon, God, religion, and Beowulf.

1969

  • Moyano, María Clara. Portrait of a Man ReadingThe Washington Post. 12 Jan. 1969: 2.
    • Hanson: Borges gives straightforward answers about reading and writing, American and Hispanic literature, and his writing process.
  • Regresa BorgesLa Razón 29 Jan. 1969. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: A short interview about Borges’s trip to Israel. A photo in the article shows Borges with Elsa, his first wife.
  • Cuentos de BorgesSiete días 10 Feb. 1969: 33-34. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 31-37. Facsim. ed. (Diálogo con Borges). The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: This article is a series of quotes taken from Borges during an interview, but does not include the questions. Borges is quoted on knife fights, the National Library, British humor, nouveau roman, his writing with Bioy Casares, and contemporary literature.
  • Sánchez, Nestor. Borges igual a BorgesArtiempo [Buenos Aires] 4 May 1969: 8-9. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 89-96.
    • Hanson: This interview addresses Borges’s literary work and influences, including: Macedonio Fernández, Victoria Ocampo, and Marcel Schwob.
  • Pueyrredón, Victoria. Cuestionario. El País [?] May 1969. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges offers short and plain answers to questions on his literary works, literature, and literary criticism.
  • Ecos de la conquista de la luna en nuestro país. [unknown] 20 July 1969. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges gives his view of the eminent moon landing of Apollo 11.
  • Jorge Luis Borges: Reportaje exclusivoEl Día 14 Dec. 1969: 12-13. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: An interview about Borges’s concept of time, death, and God.
  • Camp, André, and José María Berzosa. Las respuestas del oráculoPeriscopio 2 Dec. 1969: 50-51. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo. Rpt. of "Habla Jorge Luis Borges." Trans. Ramón Luis Chao. Triunfo [Nov.] 1969.
    • Hanson: Taken from a French television program, Borges makes statements on progress, violence, war, democracy, dictatorship, excess of information, Israel and Greece, eternity, and immortality. Borges’s statements on violence and war are especially witty.
  • Camp, André. Habla Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Ramón Luis Chao Triunfo [Dec.] 1969. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: This is the second part of the interview taken from a French television program. Borges speaks philosophically on the universe, death, civilization, and tells how he felt when he was named director of the National Library. The discussions are especially meaningful and well thought out in this interview.
  • Dembo, L. S. Jorge Luis BorgesThe Contemporary Writer. Ed. L.S. Dembo and Cyrena N. Pondrom. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1972. 113-21. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 85- 91.
    • Hanson: In this 1969 interview Borges talks about himself as a symbol, idealistic philosophy, the labyrinth, the Minotaur, his literary works, and dreams.
  • Ocampo, Victoria. Diálogo con Borges. Sur: Buenos Aires, 1969.
    • Hanson: This 85-page book contains a dialogue between Borges and his friend Victoria Ocampo, with whom he collaborated in the publication of the magazine Sur. In this intimate interview topics are introduced as Ocampo questions Borges about photographs in his album. Their conversation addresses his ancestry, his childhood, how his personal history appears in his literary works, why he writes, his father, fame, literature, words such as “haunted” and “uncanny,” Westerns, and Adolfo Bioy Casares.
  • Valbona, Rima de. Por los pasillos de Jorge Luis BorgesÍnsula 275/276 (1969): 4.
    • Hanson: Borges talks with students about literature. Borges discusses the novel, his own literary works, “La escritura del dios,” and his influences.

1970

  • Briante, Miguel. Jorge Luis Borges habla de los demásConfirmado [Buenos Aires] (14 Jan. 1970): 62-65.
    • Hanson: The first half of a two-part interview in which Borges touches on elevators, Robert Arlt, language of the Argentines, and his stories.
  • Briante, Miguel. Jorge Luis Borges habla de los demás (II parte)Confirmado [Buenos Aires] (21 Jan. 1970): 42-45.
    • Hanson: The second half of a two-part interview in which Borges speaks about his stories, literature, his childhood, and Lugones.
  • Borges: Ángel y demonioClarín (5 Mar. 1970): 14-19. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 97- 107.
    • HansonA rather unusual interview because the interviewer asks many odd questions that seem to be about nothing in particular. Borges is asked if he has ever danced a milonga, what he thinks about fish, if he thinks he is a great poet, what he feels about friendship, if he is conservative, what reality is for him, his experience looking in a kaleidoscope, what a world map suggests to him, what he thinks about himself, etc.
  • Alifano, Roberto. Recuerdos, poesía y oscuridadVisión (4 Apr. 1970): 31-34.
    • Hanson: Alifano gives a nice introduction before the interview. Borges gives advice to aspiring writers and speaks of writing, heroism, dictatorship, Argentina, his wife Elsa, and responds to questions regarding several of his essays.
  • Jaunarena, José. El viajero y sus sombrasSiete Días Ilustrados [Buenos Aires] 24-30 Aug. 1970: 94-95.
    • Hanson: A thought-provoking interview in which Borges talks about “El evangelio según Marcos,” his writing style, his literary works, love, and the Nobel Prize.
  • Se divorcia Jorge Luis BorgesLa Razón [Buenos Aires] 29 Oct. 1970: 10. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: The sad incident that provoked this interview was Borges’s divorce from his first wife Elsa Astete. Borges refuses to talk about the divorce; however, Elsa does not. Borges talks instead about his new film Los otros, his plans to travel to Utah and then to England, and his new story “El congreso.”
  • Giménez Zapiola, Emilio. Informe de mí mismo por Jorge Luis BorgesAtlántida [Buenos Aires] Dec. 1970: 26-40.
    • Hanson: Borges gives straightforward answers in this 1970 interview. He touches on several topics, such as: his own writing, death, Lugones, courage, the detective novel, James Bond, surrealism, Bioy Casares, Cortázar, and politics.
  • Bertral, Fernando. Borges y su cansancio de serlo. [1970 ?]: 50+. [Source unknown].
    • Hanson: In this 20 Nov. 1970 interview Borges answers questions about his writing style.
  • Moreira, Julio. A propósito de uma entrevista com BorgesCadernos Brasileiros 59 (1970): 17-24.
    • Hanson: Moreira makes many commentaries on an interview he had with Borges and includes some short quotes from their dialogue on politics, time, and being.
  • Simon, Herbert A. Mazes Without MinotaursModels of My Life. New York: Basic, 1991. 175-79.
    • Hanson: Simon reproduces the portion of his 1970 conversation with Borges that deals with labyrinths

1971

  • Arias, Raquel. Encuentro con BorgesImagen [Caracas] (1-15 Feb. 1971): 2-5. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 335-40.
    • Hanson: Borges responds to questions on Elogio de la sombra, why he writes, God, theology, what has brought him happiness, friendship, the epic, and lyrical expression.
  • Todos, de alguna manera somos griegos y judíosRevista Raíces. Feb. 1971: 36-37. Rpt. in Borges: El judaísmo e Israel. 2nd ed. Buenos Aires: Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la Cultura Sefardí, 1999. 167-71.
    • Hanson: This interview was conducted on the occasion that Borges received the Jerusalem Prize. Borges explains why he feels joined to Israel, what Jerusalem means to him, his view of new Israeli literature, Jews, and the Kabbalah.
  • Zito Lema, Vicente. Jorge Luis Borges y su último libro: "El congreso que yo soñé"Semana Gráfica [Buenos Aires] 12 Mar. 1971: 42-45. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 31-48.
    • Hanson: While Borges visits a printing press he remembers Buenos Aires and replies to questions on: “El congreso,” why he does not write novels, surrealism, his political beliefs, violence, revolutions, and death.
  • Shenker, Israel. Borges, a Blind Writer with InsightThe New York Times. 6 April 1971.
    • Hanson: Borges was in New York on the occasion of this interview to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters degree from Colombia University. He speaks about himself humbly, his blindness, his writing, Buenos Aires, politicians, God, and death.
  • Borges, los obreros, la guerra, el tercer mundoClarín (10 June 1971).
    • Hanson: Borges speaks humbly about himself and also talks about politics, the working class, war, and literature.
  • Abraham, Juan Alberto. Reflexiones desde la tiniebla. Siete Días (junio 1971): 61-62.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses his recent visit to the United States and explains his attitude towards the United States, students, the Vietnam War, history, his blindness, the novel, poetry, and the Mormons.
  • Estaba seguro de mi fervor por la causa de Israel. Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges: El judaísmo e Israel. 2nd ed. Buenos Aires: Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la Cultura Sefardí, 1999. 172-75. Rpt. of Diálogo con Jorge Luis Borges. Tierra de Israel: Testimonios Argentinos. (1971): 13-14.
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges describes his feelings for Israel, what the current Israeli state means to him, and what he knows about Israeli literature.
  • Alazraki, Jaime. Conversación con Borges sober la Cábala: entrevista inédita de 1971. Variaciones Borges 3 (1997): 163-76.
    • Hanson: Alazraki explains his relationship with Borges in a fine introduction before the interview on Kabbalistic influences and references in Borges.
  • Coleman, Alexander, and Norman Thomas di Giovanni. Borges at N.Y.U. Ed. Ronald Christ. TriQuarterly 25 (1972): 444-59. Rpt. in Prose for Borges. Ed. Charles Newman and Mary Kinzie. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1974. 396-411. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 118-37.
    • Hanson: A 1971 question and answer period in which Borges responds to questions on his stories, morality in literature, space, time, the south, death, God, English, mysticism, being Argentine, translation, English language literature, and Perón.
  • di Giovanni, Norman Thomas, Daniel Halpern, and Frank MacShane. Borges on Writing. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1973.
    • Hanson: This 160+ page book is the result of a 1971 seminar with Borges. It commences with Borges making detailed comments on passages from his story, “The End of the Duel,” and he continues by answering questions about it, his other works, the novel, and fame. The second section deals with Borges’s poetry. Borges makes comments on his poems after they are read and then answers questions. In the third section Borges answers questions on translation.
  • Queralt, Joan. Conversación con Borges: palabras y algunos cuentosRevista de Occidente 96 [2da época] (1971): 267-284.
    • Hanson: Queralt organizes Borges’s responses under categories, but does not include the questions asked. Borges talks about literature from the American continent, the interaction of his grandparents with the Argentine Indians, violence, the Nobel Prize, and some of his stories.

1972

  • Vázquez, María Esther. La violencia: Miradas opuestasLa Nación [Buenos Aires] 6 Aug. 1972. Rpt. in Borges: imágenes, memorias, diálogos. 2nd ed. Caracas: Monte Avila, 1977. 207-25.
    • Hanson: An interview with typical Borges responses; at times he answers clearly and at times he appears to play with his interviewers by contradicting them. They discuss violence, Blacks, politics, fame, utopias, death, nationalism, and news. The more complete edition of this interview is found in Vázquez’s book.
  • Rodman, Selden. Jorge Luis BorgesTongues of Fallen Angels. New York: New Directions, 1974. 5-37. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 92-117.
    • Hanson: This interview is the result of a number of visits Rodman made to Argentina between 1969 and 1972. He includes many details of his experiences with Borges, as well as what Borges said. They converse on a number of topics, including: Perón, Latin American authors, North American authors, several of Borges’s experiences, and several of Borges’s stories.
  • Sorrentino, Fernando. Siete Conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges. Buenos Aires: Casa Pardo, 1974. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1993. Buenos Aires: El Ateneo, 1996. Buenos Aires: Losada, 2007. Rpt. as Seven Conversations with Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Clark M. Zlotchew. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1982.
    • Hanson: Sorrentino in 1972 states in the introduction to this book that the Borges revealed in these seven dialogues is different from the Borges manifested in fiction. Sorrentino does an excellent job recording these interviews and providing a list of themes addressed at the beginning of each conversation.

Borges par Borges (1972)

1973

  • Oppenheimer, Andrés, and Jorge Lafforgue. El pensamiento vivo de Jorge Luis Borges. Siete Días [Buenos Aires] 29 April 1973: 55-59. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 49-63.
    • Hanson: A very witty interview in which Borges purposefully gives preposterous answers and plays with the interviewer. He discusses recent elections in Argentina, Perón, suffrage, Cortázar, Marechal, Indians, the conquest, Blacks, the role of women, psychoanalysis, and money. Borges ends the interview by commenting that the interviewers take him too seriously.
  • Vázquez, María Esther. Borges igual a sí mismoVeinticinco agosto 1983 y otros cuentos de Jorge Luis Borges: volumen en honor de J. L. Borges. By Jorge Luis Borges. Madrid: Siruela, 1983. 53-106.
    • Hanson: This April 1973 interview took place in the Biblioteca Nacional in Buenos Aires and this printing of it is “una transcripción directa de la grabación magnetofónica” (55). A gripping interview that touches on Borges’s early years, his early contact with literature, his adolescence in Europe, German literature, his work, themes typical in Borges (labyrinths, mirrors, tigers, etc.), politics, awards he has received, Nordic languages, his virtues, defects, music, paintings, and death.
  • Algañaraz, Julio. Todo España dijo, de pie, "Borges es el más grande"Gente (May 1973): 4- 7.
    • Hanson: More of an article written about Borges’s visit to Madrid than an interview. However, it does quote Borges on Spain, the Quijote, the Nobel Prize, and Spanish authors.
  • Solares, Ignacio. Un reportaje poco conocido a Jorge Luis BorgesLa Paz 30 May 1976. Rpt. of Borges: he renunciado a las bondades del cielo. Diorama Excelsior [Mexico D.F.] 9 Dec. 1973: 1-5.
    • Hanson: Borges begins the interview by complaining about the types of questions he is always asked, namely, politics, contemporary literature, the Nobel Prize, and Perón. Borges comments on his belief in the individual but not the group, heroes in literature, his only mystical experience, God, Christ, writing, Don Quijote, and Shakespeare.
  • Duelo Cavero, C. El ingenioso Jorge Luis BorgesEl Libro Español 188 (1973): 453-55.
    • Hanson:

      This article was written while Borges was in Spain and quotes him on Spanish authors, Don Quijote, Spain, the Nobel Prize, death, fame, and psychoanalysis.

  • Borges, Jorge Luis. El culto rendido por BorgesHomenaje a Baruch Spinoza. Buenos Aires: Museo Judío, 1976. 49-51. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: The dialogue from a recording made in 1973 in which Borges responds to questions about Spinoza.
  • Guibert, Rita. Jorge Luis BorgesSeven Voices: Seven Latin American Writers Talk to Rita Guibert. New York: Knopf, 1973. 75-117. Rpt. in Siete voces. Mexico: Novaro, 1974. 93-137. Rpt. in Borges habla de Borges. Jorge Luis Borges Ed. Jaime Alazraki. Madrid: Taurus, 1976: 318-55. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 42-75.
    • Hanson: In this extensive interview Borges gives paragraph-length responses. His answers towards the end are typical of Borges when he assumes control of the conversation. He speaks on many themes, such as: the United States, hippies, capitalism, nationality, milongas, gauchos, film, the Nobel Prize, Latin American writers, Spanish literature, politics, and Russia.

1974

  • Barnatán, Marcos Ricardo. Conversaciones en dos tiemposConocer Borges y su obra. España: Dopesa, 1978. 99-121. Rpt. in Borges. Barcelona: Barcanova, 1984. 87-105.
    • Hanson: The occasion for this 1974 interview is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Fervor de Buenos Aires. Borges discusses his recent trip to Mexico, Europe, Perón, his literary works, his fame, language, and literature.
  • Burone, Carlos A. Cine: Conversación con BorgesSur [Buenos Aires] Jan.-Dec. 1974. Rpt. in Borges en Sur (1931-1980). Barcelona: Emecé, 1999. 316-20.
    • Hanson: Borges comments on the cinema, art, and specific actors.
  • Diament, Mario. Borges y los judíosBorges: Dos palabras ante de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 43-51. Rpt. of Una conversación con Jorge L. Borges. Plural 3.19 (1974): 4-7.
    • Hanson: Diament provides a valuable interview due to its unique major theme of Judaism. Borges comments on his stories “Emma Zunz” and “El Zahir,” Judaism, Israel, and the Orient.
  • Gilio, María Esther. Yo quería ser el hombre invisible. Crisis [Buenos Aires] May 1974: 40-50. Rpt. in Conversaciones. Buenos Aires: IMFC, 1993. 21-43.
    • Hanson: An entertaining interview because of its breadth and especially because of Borges’s reactions and answers. Their topics of conversation include: tango, his youth, religion, death, love, his literary works, critics, language, Buenos Aires, writing, nightmares, and the detective novel.
  • Giménez Zapiola, Emilio. Toda mi vida y toda mi obra (por Jorge Luis Borges)Gente 4 July 1974: 56-59.
    • Hanson: This is the first part of a three part series. Borges remembers his childhood, how he learned about philosophy, his grandmothers, death, religion, and the Buenos Aires of his youth.
  • Giménez Zapiola, Emilio. Toda mi vida y toda mi obra (por Jorge Luis Borges) Segunda parteGente 11 July 1974: 56-59.
    • Hanson: In the second part of this three part series Borges remembers Macedonio Fernández, authors he enjoys, Evaristo Carriego, his youth in Europe, his literary works, love, Argentina and/or himself in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, his blindness, and what has influenced him.
  • Giménez Zapiola, Emilio. Toda mi vida y toda mi obra (por Jorge Luis Borges) Última parteGente 18 July 1974: 56-59.
    • Hanson: In the third and last section of this interview Borges discusses many themes, including: his literary works, reality vs. unreality, courage, play in literature, death, the cinema, Adolfo Bioy Casares, the future, music, writing, Old English, Buenos Aires, and what he dislikes about humankind.
  • Las memorias de BorgesLa Opinión 17 Sept. 1974: 1+.
    • Hanson: Borges recounts his memories of his family and childhood, when he lived in Europe beginning in 1914, what he did after he returned to Buenos Aires in 1921, Macedonio Fernández, his literary works, his friendships, what he read, when he worked in the library, his blindness, his fame, and his travels.
  • Vázquez, María Esther. Nuestro tiempo: miradas paralelasLa Nación [Buenos Aires] 24 Nov. 1974. Rpt. in Borges: imágenes, memorias, diálogos. 2nd ed. Caracas: Monte Avila, 1977. 227-39.
    • Hanson: Francisco Luis Bernárdez and Borges answer questions on the characteristics and state of the world and of Argentina.
  • Sosnowski, Saul. Jorge Luis BorgesHispamérica 3.8 (1974): 55-60.
    • Hanson: Borges gives his answers in Spanglish in this fine discussion on Libro de arena and “Borges y yo.”

1975

  • Serra, Alfredo. Borges y Sábato, juntos, hablan de la vida, del país, del ayer, del hoyGente 13 Feb. 1975: 4-13.
    • Hanson: This summer of 1975 conversation between Borges and Sábato covers the topics: fame, translation, proverbs, authors, literature, and Martín Fierro.
  • Vázquez, María Esther. El autor frente a sus lectoresLa Nación [Buenos Aires] 9 Mar. 1975. Rpt. in Borges: imágenes, memorias, diálogos. 2nd ed. Caracas: Monte Ávila, 1977. 269-73.
    • Hanson: Borges and four youth participate in this discussion in a Buenos Aires bookstore. They are asked if Borges represents Argentine reality, if a writer should be in the public eye, if Argentines follow fads, what readers look for, if Borges has obligations to the public, and what they think about Borges’s personality.
  • Zelarayán, Ricardo. Yo no me admiro, hago lo que puedo. Clarín [sec. Cultura y Nación] 3 Apr. 1975: 1+.
    • Hanson: An insightful interview because the interviewer recognizes that Borges has turned the interview into a literary genre. They converse about Macedonio Fernández, literature, Lugones, Groussac, Borges’s family history and literary work. Borges states that “La intrusa” is his best story.
  • Borges entre malevosAsí (30 May 1975).
    • HansonIn this six-page article Borges comments on "Los orilleros," which was then being filmed, "El hombre de la esquina rosada," Martín Fierro, tango, and time.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Adolfo Bioy Casares. El tránsito de Los orillerosLa Opinión Cultural [Buenos Aires] (28 Sept. 1975). Rpt. in "Borges y Bioy Casares: ‘Los orilleros.’" Ocho escritores por ocho periodistas. Buenos Aires: Timerman, 1976. 58-60. Rpt. in Museo: Textos inéditos. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2002. 230-33. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • HansonBorges and Bioy Casares respond to a few questions regarding their film "Los orilleros."
  • Sánchez Sorondo, Fernando. El oficio de traducirLa Opinión Cultural 21 Sept. 1975. Rpt. in Sur Jan.-Dec. 1976: 116-26. Rpt. in Borges en Sur (1931-1980). Barcelona: Emecé, 1999. 321-25.
    • Hanson: Borges provides a written response to a survey on translation."​​​​​​
  • Serra, Alfredo. Defectos y virtudes de los argentinos por Jorge Luis BorgesGente 13 Nov. 1975: 84-89.
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges briefly reviews the history of Argentine wars and also details attributes he considers to be Argentine.​​​​​​

1976

  • Entre recuerdos, fama y soledadRevista Familia Cristiana [Buenos Aires] Jan. 1976: 24-28. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 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.
  • Rivera, Jorge 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.
  • 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.
  • Enguídanos, Miguel, et al. Now I am More or Less Who I am. Ed. and trans. Willis Barnstone. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 164-75. Rpt. of “A Conservation with Jorge Luis Borges.” Boulevard 14.40-41 (1998): 20-32
    • 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.
  • Goñi, Joseph Uki. A Life-long Love AffairBuenos Aires Herald. [Centennial Special] 15 Sept. 1976: 25-27.
    • Hanson: While not in interview format, Goñi recounts and freely quotes an interview he had with Borges on literature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Neustadt, Bernardo. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • An Interview with Jorge Luis Borges: "...Merely a Man of Letters"Philosophy and Literature 1.3 (1977): 337-41.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses how philosophers and philosophical methods are employed in his writings in this 1976 interview.
  • Yates, Donald, et al. A Colloquy With Jorge Luis BorgesThe Gypsy Scholar [Michigan State] 3.3 (1976): 65-76. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 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.
  • Joaquín Soler Serrano. Entrevista a Jorge Luis Borges. A Fondo (1976). Radiotelevisión Española. Click here

1977

  • Caldeiro, Manuel. Después de la acusación de Monseñor Mallagaray: Borges se defiendeGente 6 Jan. 1977: 74-75.
    • Hanson: Borges replys to two questions in this article, which was written in response to Monseñor Mallagaray who accused Borges of being atheist and vain. Borges relates his view on immortality, God, and how to define things.

    Vázquez, María Esther. La pasión literariaLa Nación [Buenos Aires] 13 Feb. 1977. Rpt. in Borges: imágenes, memorias, diálogos. 2nd ed. Caracas: Monte Avila, 1977. 241-56. Rpt. in Diálogos. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1978. 427-47.

    • Hanson: Borges and Raimundo Lida respond to questions on classical Spanish literature and literature in general
  • Vázquez, María Esther. El amor por Buenos AiresLa Nación [Buenos Aires] 3 Apr. 1977. Rpt. in Borges: imágenes, memorias, diálogos. 2nd ed. Caracas: Monte Avila, 1977. 257-68. Rpt. in Diálogos. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 1978. 449-65.
    • Hanson: Borges and Manuel Mujica Lainez are asked about the differences between the Buenos Aires of their youth and contemporary Buenos Aires. They are also asked about being Argentine and how Buenos Aires has influenced their work.
  • Sobrevalorados y subestimados en la literatura argentina e hispanoamericanaLa Nación [Buenos Aires] 8 May 1977. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 341-43.
    • Hanson: Borges responds to a survey that follows the theme of the title of this article.
  • Estrázulas, Enrique. Borges y los orientalesLa Opinión Cultural [Buenos Aires] 3 June 1977: 6-8. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 21-42.
    • Hanson: “Los orientales” refers to los uruguayos and in this interview Borges offers insight into some of his stories, but little else is of interest.
  • Louit, Robert. Jorge Luis Borges: Le gout de l’épopéeMagaine Litteraire. 125 (June 1977).
    • Hanson: In the interviewer’s commentary he states that Borges speaks an impeccable French. Borges discusses his work, a project he is doing with editor Franco Maria Ricci, his milongas, the films of his stories, the cinema, his books with Bioy Casares, literature, and identity.
  • Sallas, Renée. El invisible escritor H. Bustos Domecq: El otro yo de Borges y BioyGente 11 Aug. 1977. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis, and Adolfo Bioy Casares. Museo: Textos inéditos. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2002. 234-42.
    • Hanson:Borges and Bioy Casares respond to questions about H. Bustos Domecq as if he were a real person.
  • Fornaro, Milton. El otro, el mismo BorgesTexto Critico 8 [Xalapa, México] (1977): 108-16. Rpt. in Borges: Obra y personaje. Ed. Washington Bernavides, et al. Montevideo: Acali, 1978. 103-14.
    • Hanson: In this interview Fornaro recreates the interview experience by including extra details of his visit with Borges. Borges comments on the tango and milonga, Santiago Dabove, nationalism, Spain, literature, La intrusa, his literary works, his ancestors, and poetry.
  • Mazas, Luis. Borges: Esto es lo que piensoSomos 23 Dec. 1977: 34-37. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 65-73.
    • Hanson:Borges speaks on topics organized under the following headings: “Sentir,” “Amar,” “Los sueños,” “Francia,” “Definiciones,” “Los amigos,” “Las conferencias,” “La fama,” “Los contemporáneos,” “Un mundo gris,” “Las opiniones,” “Seguir siendo,” “El futuro,” “Los interrogantes,” and “Un deseo, una esperanza.”
  • Sverdlik, Oded. Mi preocupación por la existencia de Israel. Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges: El judaísmo e Israel. 2nd ed. Buenos Aires: Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la Cultura Sefardí, 1999. 176-78. Rpt. of Borges habla de Israel y los judíos. Nuevo Mundo Israelita 190 (1977).
    • Hanson:This interview clarifies Borges’s relationship to Judaism.

1978

  • Barón, Ana. Lo único que le falta es el Premio NobelSomos [Buenos Aires] (24 Feb. 1978): 38-40. Rpt. as "EEUU y Rusia: Dos países mediocres: Una visión de Europa. Borges: Dos palabras ante de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 133-39.
    • Hanson: While in France to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Sorbonne, Borges speaks about France and comments on the fantastic nature of his literature, the western culture, exams, and his travels.
  • Garramuño, Carlos A. La vigilia con los ojos abiertosPájaro de Fuego. [Buenos Aires] Apr.- May 1978: 39-49. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 75-105.
    • HansonThis interview covers an extensive number of topics. Many of Borges’s answers reveal his humility and shyness. Topics of conversation include: the body, Picasso, Argentina, fútbol, his blindness, the future, Victoria and Silvina Ocampo, Nietzsche, what people read in the United States, his poems and stories, literature, bestsellers, how well his books sell, Blacks, his opinion on several authors, and the Nobel Prize.
  • Ángel, Raquel. Borges y las mujeresConfirmado (15 June. 1978): 46-49. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras ante de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 53-70.
    • Hanson: This interview deals extensively with women and love in Borges’s life and literary works. He talks about the role of women in his literature, specifically “Urica,” “El Aleph,” “Emma Zunz,” “La intrusa,” and his love poems. He also comments on his first experiences with love, the magic of being with a woman, machismo, heroism, feminism, friendship, seduction, and his relationships.
  • Pazos, Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: "La culpa de todo la tiene Gardel"Somos 23 June 1978: 54- 56. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges unabashedly gives his opinion about Argentines and their passions, virtues, frivolousness, future, and defects. Borges blames Carlos Gardel for Argentines’ defects. He also explains why fútbol is absurd.
  • Suárez, José María. Jorge Luis Borges y el Mundial 78. Infutbol [6.2053].
    • Hanson: This is a short reproduction of part of an interview conducted on July 26, 1978. Borges gives his opinion of fútbol and also briefly mentions politics and fame.
  • Olaso, Ezequiel de. El arte de la conversaciónDiners [Buenos Aires] July 1978: 50-54. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 107-17.
    • Hanson: An informative interview because it conveys something of Borges’s personality. The interview covers: authors Borges reads, surrealism, literature, various Argentine authors, evolution of English, Old English, Xul Solar, and the adverb.
  • Balderston, Daniel. Interviews with Borges: Buenos Aires, August-September 1978Variaciones Borges 8 (1999): 187-215. Trans. as "Jorge Luis Borges, sur Stevenson (entretien avec M. Balderston)." Trans. Julien Deleuze. L'Herne Robert Louis Stevenson. Ed. Michel Le Bris. Cahier de L'Herne. Paris: L'Herne, 1995. 233-254. Trans. as "Conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges." Trans. Carlos Oliva Mendoza. La Jornada Semanal. 11 April 2004 and 18 April 2004.
    • Hanson: In these three interviews Baldertson and Borges discuss Robert Louis Stevenson extensively, and occasionally mention other English language authors, Spanish language authors, and Borges’s own literary works.
  • Menotti, César Luis. Borges y el fútbolBorges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 173-84. Rpt. of Reportaje de Menotti a Borges. VSD 1 Sept. 1978: 6-7.
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges defends his reasons for not liking fútbol and he also responds to questions on chess, smoking, fame, what he reads, how he writes, and the Nobel Prize.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges para millones. Buenos Aires: Corregidor, 1978.
    • Hanson: This 100+ page book begins with a fine preface by Fernando Godoy, who states that the dialogues included in this book were taken directly from a recording and reveal the true Borges. Borges speaks extensively on many topics and on his own stories and poems. He also comments on authors that have influenced him, Robert Louis Stevenson, his vision, death, language, colors, nationalism, politics, race, the labyrinth, his youth, multiple versions of Borges, time, literature, Beatriz Viterbo, Buenos Aires, love, and violence.
  • Cairoli, Irma. Algunos viven obsesionadosNueva información [5] [1978?]: 5-7. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 119-26.
    • Hanson: Borges talks about Argentine identity, that ideas form base of his work, and claims that Latin American authors are better known abroad than they are in their own countries.
  • Chao, Ramón. L’idée de frontières et de nations me paraît absurdeLe Monde Diplomatique Aug. 2001: 24-25.
    • Hanson: Borges converses about his history, the Spanish language, Neruda, communism, los desaparecidos, his literary work, God, his travels, and death.
  • Tyler, Joseph. Borges--sobre el cine: entrevista bilingueThe Bilingual Review: La Revista Bilingüe 5.1-2 (1978): 131-37.
    • Hanson: Borges responds in Spanglish during this conversation that focuses on film. Among other topics, they discuss Citizen Kane and Borges stories that have been made into movies.

1979

  • Borges: Las dos responsabilidadesVisión (10 Mar. 1979): 8-14. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 141-58.
    • Hanson: A wide range of topics is covered in this interview, including: the civic responsibility of the writer, dictators, democracy, Borges’s salary, novels, reality, philosophy, language, nationalism, the United States, Buenos Aires, Martín Fierro, the Nobel Prize, and Borges’s literary works.
  • Nogués, Germinal. Frente a Jorge Luis Borges: El Cuestionario ProustArgencard Internacional [Buenos Aires] 3 Apr. 1979: 8-9. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 83-88. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 145-49. Rpt. in Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 344-48.
    • Hanson: Borges replies to 34 short personal questions about his preferences.
  • Requeni, Antonio. Jorge Luis Borges habla de Leopoldo LugonesLa Prensa [Buenos Aires] 17 June 1979. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956- 1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 349-52.
    • Hanson: Lugones, according to Borges, had a great influence on Argentine literature and on literature in general.
  • Ángel, Raquel. Borges y el cine: un oficio olvidadoConfirmado (16 Aug. 1979): 61-64. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 127-43.
    • Hanson: Borges reviews several films, including Borges para millones; affirms the importance of myth in film, and discusses Greta Garbo and Shakespeare.
  • El taller del escritorLa Prensa [Buenos Aires] 26 Aug. 1979. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 353-58.
    • Hanson: Borges comments on what he likes to read, what he is currently writing, how he writes, and also critiques himself.
  • Krauze, Enrique. Jorge Luis Borges: Desayuno more geométricoVuelta 29 (1979): 28-31.
    • HansonBorges discusses his interest in the philosophers Spinoza and Descartes, the Kabbalah, and God.
  • Carrizo, Antonio. Borges el memorioso. Mexico: FCE, 1982.
    • Hanson: This collection of 11 interviews was recorded in 1979 for a radio program in Buenos Aires called La vida y el canto and was transcribed to form this book of over 300 pages and especially focuses on Borges’s own publications. It covers a wide range of topics that include: language, literature, Borges’s literary works, and especially Borges’s poems.
  • Delgado Aparaín, Mario. A 12 años de la muerte de Jorge Luis Borges, reportaje inéditoRevista Tres [Montevideo] 19 June 1998.
    • Hanson: In this 1979 interview Borges addresses his history, writing, his literary works, contemporary authors, cinema, nightmares, surrealism, religion, and liberty.

1980

  • Joaquín Soler Serrano. Entrevista a Jorge Luis Borges. A Fondo (1980). Radiotelevisión Española. Click here
  • Sugiyama, Akira. Preguntas a BorgesInformación Latinoamericana 1 Jan. 1980. Rpt. in Gasió, Guillermo. Borges en Japón: Japón en Borges. Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 1988. 65-72.
    • Hanson: An interview translated from the Japanese since the original Spanish no longer exists. Borges shares his impressions of Japan, the joy of traveling, active learning, interest in the East, memories of his mother, his literary works, and loneliness
  • Dijo Borges: Dos regalos que coronan mi vida: el viaje a Japón y este premio... La Prensa 27 Jan. 1980. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: The occasion for this interview was Borges’s awarding of the Premio Cervantes. He speaks positively about Japan, which he had recently visited for a month. Borges also talks about Gerardo Diego, surprise, and his writing.
  • Barnstone, Willis. With Borges in Buenos AiresDenver Ouarterly 15.1 (1980): 48-57. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 138-48.
    • Hanson: Barnstone and Borges reunite as old friends and their conversation includes the topics of the English language, Neruda, Old English, Borges’s literary works, and literature.
  • Barnstone, Willis. Thirteen Questions: A Dialogue with Jorge Luis BorgesChicago Review 31.3 (1980): 11-28. Rpt. as "When I Wake Up." Borges at Eighty. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1982. 15-31. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 176-91.
    • Hanson: In this interview carried out in English Borges talks about solipsism, death, immortality, happiness, fame, personal justice, discovering oneself, nightmares, speaking, his poems, friends, dreams, ethics, and suicide.
  • Fermosel, José Luis A. El premio Cervantes para Borges: "Una generosa equivocación"Pájaro de Fuego Feb. 1980: 8-13. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: This interview was conducted after the announcement that Borges and Gerardo Diego had won the Premio Cervantes. Borges humbly accepts the award and reminisces about when he met Diego in 1920. He also mentions his blindness and his plans to travel with the prize money.
  • Uchida, Mie. La siesta del AlephYu 10 Feb. 1980. Rpt. in Gasió, Guillermo. Borges en Japón: Japón en Borges. Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 1988. 72-82.
    • Hanson: An interview in Tokyo that was translated from the Japanese as the original Spanish has been lost. Borges discusses the Orient, civilization, nationalism, anarchism, God, and eternity.
  • Sugiyama, Akira. Errando por el bosque del laberintoUmi Feb. 1980. Rpt. in Gasió, Guillermo. Borges en Japón: Japón en Borges. Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 1988. 82-95.
    • Hanson: An interview translated from the Japanese since the original Spanish is lost. Borges elaborates humbly on his numerous literary works, Macedonio Fernández, various authors, religion, Borges’s “obsessions” that appear in his work, and dreams.
  • Borges hablaAsahi Journal (7 Mar. 1980). Rpt. in Gasió, Guillermo. Borges en Japón: Japón en Borges. Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 1988. 105-13.
    • Hanson: A literary-themed discussion that focuses on Borges’s works. Borges and the interviewer talk about poetry, the notion that literature is more important than ars combinatoria, numerous works of Borges, time, philosophy, reality, and words.
  • Nakamura, Kenji. Obsequio para un viajeroKokusai Koryu 15 Apr. 1980. Rpt. in Gasió, Guillermo. Borges en Japón: Japón en Borges. Buenos Aires, Eudeba, 1988. 95-103.
    • Hanson: An interview translated from the Japanese since the original Spanish has been lost. The interview begins with Borges recounting his impressions of Japan and of his experiences there. Borges and Nakamura then converse with Japan in mind about Borges’s literary works, reality, labyrinths, tango, courage, and ethics.
  • Bourne, Daniel. A Conversation with Jorge Luis BorgesArtful Dodge 2.2 (1980).
    • Hanson: This April 25, 1980 interview covers Borges’s influences, his writing, poetry, Lorca, language, translation, Kafka, English language literature, and myths.

    Días Usandivaras, Julio C. Jorge Luis Borges, un genio al naturalNueva Estafeta 15 (1980): 45-51.

    • Hanson: This article is not much of an interview, though it does quote Borges on several topics, which include: literature as art, his literary works, and tango.
  • Montagnaro, Jorge. Borges secretoSiete Días [Buenos Aires] 30 Sept. 1980. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 359-62.
    • Hanson: This interview explores the mystical side of Borges. The conversation discusses the decline of the western world, magic, eastern mysticism, talismans, telepathy, dreams, and the Kabbalah.

​​1981

  • Goñi, Joseph Uki. Executions Have Replaced BombsUkinet. 6 Feb. 1981. 14 Oct. 2004.
    • Hanson: This short interview took place on January 21, 1981 and was first published in the Buenos Aires Herald on February 6, 1981. Goñi records a rare instance when Borges willingly speaks of political events, such as: Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, democracy, nationalism, and government.
  • Alifano, Roberto. Conversando con BorgesCuadernos de Siete Días 748 [suplemento] (1981).
    • Hanson: In this special supplement Borges talks extensively about Evaristo Carriego, modernismo, Oscar Wilde, Kipling, detective literature, the Quijote, translation, Quevedo, Lugones, and time.
  • Alvarez Insúa, Carlos. Jorge Luis Borges: "La patria es un acto de fe"Feeling (Mar. 1981): 10+. Rpt. in El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 151-72.
    • Hanson: This interview deals with a myriad of topics, including: literature, countries, authors, Borges’s friends, words, Buenos Aires, and religion.
  • Sierra, Malú. La guerras son absurdasEl Mercurio [Santiago, Chile] 11 May 1981. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 119-32.
    • Hanson: Borges speaks frankly on why he writes, war, the conflict between Argentina and Chile, spies, military rule, Blacks, and democracy.
  • La opinión de Jorge Luis BorgesRedacción May 1981. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Borges gives his opinion on censorship and self-censorship, and mentions his political beliefs.
  • Echagüe, Selva. Borges frente a los aprendices de escritorClarín [sec. Cultura y Nación] 3 Sept. 1981: 2-3.
    • HansonA very brief but excellent interview in which Borges gives answers on how he writes, the themes of his writing, love, and life after death.
  • Nayarález, O. Borges y Joyce, 50 años despuésReferente [Buenos Aires] 1.1 (1981). Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 363-67.
    • Hanson: Borges critiques and praises James Joyce.
  • Hildebrandt, César. Jorge Luis BorgesCambio de palabras: 26 entrevistas. Lima: Mosca Azul, 1981. 107-15.
    • Hanson: This interview is a superb example of the put-on because Borges refuses to truthfully answer questions he dislikes. It includes the following topics: democracy, Perón, God, the Oedipus complex, Pinochet, plagiarism, bravery, and books.
  • Neustadt, Bernardo. ¿Un nuevo Borges? Revista Extra 16.187 (1981).
    • Hanson: Neustadt interviews Borges with greater skill and knowledge than he previously had. He reflects on the year 1980, the USA and the Soviet Union, change, elections in the USA, contemporary writers, and the pope.
  • Majián, Rosa. Conversando con Jorge Luis Borges de Armenia y de los Armenios. Buenos Aires: R. M. Ediciones Culturales, 1985.
    • Hanson: In this 1981 interview Borges comments on Armenia, language, nationalism, and war.
  • Poniachik, Jaime. Reportaje: Jorge Luis BorgesEl Acertijo: La Revista de los Juegos de Ingenio June-July 1995: 11-13.
    • Hanson: This 1981 interview has the unique theme of games. Borges talks about trucolos malevos, sports, chess, number games, and why he thinks fútbol is stupid

1982

  • Alazraki, Jamie, et al. Panel III: Borges: Philosopher? Poet? Revolutionary? Simply a Man of Letters. Ed. Carlos Cortínez. Orono, Maine: U of Maine P, 1982. 261-85.
    • Hanson: This panel discussion includes Borges and several others, including Jaime Alazraki and Donald Yates. Borges addresses the themes of poetry, writing, literary criticism, translation, cinema, Unamuno, and happiness.
  • Biguenet, John, and Tom Whalen. An Interview with Jorge Luis BorgesNew Orleans Review 9.2 (1982): 5-14. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 199-212.
    • Hanson: Borges speaks extensively about a number of topics in this 1982 interview, including: Buenos Aires, tango, his opinion of himself, fame, translations, German, Gustav Meyrink, Latin American writers, his literary works, language, literature, blindness, and God.
  • Berasategui, Blanca. Borges, en su vuelta oscura del espejoABC International (22 Sept. 1982): 24-25. Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: In this short interview which took place in Madrid, Borges talks about blindness, what it means to be Argentine, and language.
  • Alifano, Roberto. Reflexiones de Jorge Luis Borges al concluir el año: "Tal vez sería mejor olvidar"Clarín (30 Dec. 1982): 1-3.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses what he dislikes about the past year and nationalism. He feels it is better to be a world citizen. He also speaks about Wadsworth’s Prelude, dreams, war, literature, love, blindness, happiness, his projects, and the upcoming year.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges at Eighty. Ed. Willis Barnstone. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1982.
    • HansonThis 176-page book consists of 10 interviews or question and answer periods and a poetry reading with comments from Borges. Chapters 1, 4, 10, and 11 are from a 1980 lecture series hosted by Indiana University. Barnstone first published chapter 2 as “Thirteen Questions: A Dialogue with Jorge Luis Borges in the Chicago Review.” Chapter 3 contains portions of a dialogue from a television program and chapters 5-9 are question and answer periods. In chapter 1 Borges talks about literature and what he enjoys reading. In chapter 3 Borges talks of Perón, his mother, his blindness, literature, Hitler, film, and death. In chapter 4 Borges comments on his poetry. For chapter 5 Borges answers questions on poetry, translation, feelings, Judaism, and writing. Chapter 6 focuses on literature and Borges’s literary works, as well as English, his worldview, the Kabbalah, and writing. Chapter 7 addresses literature that influences Borges and violence. In chapter 8 literature and God are discussed. In chapter 9 Borges talks about literature, dreams, English, and religion. Chapter 10 emphasizes poetry and chapter 11 centers on philosophy
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Donald A. Yates. Simply a Man of LettersSimply a Man of Letters. Ed. Carlos Cortínez. Orono, Maine: U of Maine P, 1982. 17-24. Rpt as "Borges: Philosopher? Poet? Revolutionary?" Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 192- 98.
    • Hanson: The results of a question and answer period, in which Borges answers questions on literary conventions, writing, Kafka, his work, literature, Poe, Stevenson, mirrors, and "Borges y yo."
  • Graham-Yooll, Andrew. Breakfasting with BorgesThe Antioch Review 47.4 (1989): 389- 401.
    • Hanson: This 1982 interview in prose format occurred while Borges’s ate corn flakes for breakfast and touches on topics such as: war, religion, death, Borges’s ancestry, tango, Buenos Aires, gringos, race, and literature.
  • Heaney, Seamus, and Richard Kearney. Jorge Luis Borges: El mundo de la ficción: Una entrevista con Seamus Heaney y Richard KearneyCuadernos Hispanoamericanos 564 (1997): 55-68.
    • Hanson: This 1982 interview took place in Ireland when Borges was there for the hundredth anniversary of James Joyce’s birth. He speaks mainly of Irish authors and philosophers.
  • Madrazo, Jorge Ariel. Recuerdos de Borges en Caracas: Un desayuno memorableLa Prensa [sec. Cultura] 9 June 1996: 4-5.
    • Hanson: In this 1982 interview Borges explains why it is strange to be Borges and talks about the themes in his literary works.
  • Roffé, Reina. Jorge Luis Borges: El memoriosoEspejo de escritores. Hanover, NH: Ediciones del Norte, 1985. 1-20. Versioned as Entrevista a Jorge Luis Borges. Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos 585 (1999): 7-18
    • Hanson: This 1982 interview is rich in information that Borges gives on his own stories and poems. He also speaks about Martín FierroDon Segundo Sombra, his education, his universality, and democracy.

1983

  • Banier, François-Marie. Borges: Soy un europeo nacido en el exilioClarín (10 Feb. 1983): 1-3
    • Hanson: More of a monologue than an interview, in which Borges talks of his family history, Catholicism, his mother, the Falkland Islands War, literature, and his travels.
  • Childress, Mark, and Charles C. McNair, Jr. The Dark Riddle of Jorge Luis BorgesSaturday Review Mar.-Apr. 1983: 32-34.
    • Hanson: This 1983 interview briefly touches on several topics, including: dreams, Shakespeare, blindness, writing, language, inspiration, psychology, ethics, death, fame, and travel.
  • Los escritores y la palabraLa Prensa [Buenos Aires] 10 Apr. 1983. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 368-69.
    • Hanson: Borges responds to questions regarding the written word.
  • Gainza, Máximo, hijo. Borges: intraducible como una músicaLa Prensa [Buenos Aires] 23 Oct. 1983 [Panorama cultural]: 8.
    • Hanson: Gainza recounts a 1983 interview in London where Borges went as a guest of the Sociedad Anglo-Argentina to inaugurate a scholarship in Oxford that carries his name. Borges comments on being a famous writer, the Nobel Prize, Lugones, the Falkland Islands war, England as his home, English literature, and Argentine identity.
  • Alifano, Roberto. Jorge Luis Borges Poetry: A Conversation with Roberto Alifano. Trans. Nicomedes Suárez Araúz and Willis Barnstone. American Poetry Review (Nov.-Dec. 1983): 19-20.
    • Hanson: Borges talks about poetry and metaphor.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Néstor J. Montenegro. Diálogos. Nemont: [Buenos Aires], 1983.
    • Hanson: This book contains five dialogues. The first dialogue is political and deals with the concept of country, war, the Falkland Islands war, nationalism, and military arms. The second dialogue discusses Alain Rouquier, Latin American identity, Argentine identity, the role of government, power, military, the Argentine Revolution of 1955, and censorship. The third dialogue is about the following social issues: men vs. women, feminism, machismo, divorce, abortion, and the Bible. The fourth dialogue covers power, journalism, history and literature, and the English language and literature. In the fifth dialogue Borges is asked the definitions of irony, humility, hope, liberty, and justice; and Borges also speaks of his childhood home, death, happiness, and writing.
  • Calistro, Julio César. Borges, el eternoEspéculo 6 (1997). 17 Mar. 2008.
    • Hanson: This 1983 interview records what Borges states humbly about himself, his literary work, his past, what literature represents for him, immortality, who he considers the best Argentine author, poetry, the change that results from a dictator, who he admires, and war.
  • Costa, Pablo. El tiempo es el mejor antologista, o el único, tal vez... La Nación [Buenos Aires] 2 Sept. 1989: 9.
    • Hanson: Borges answers questions from three students in this 1983 interview. He speaks about being a professor, democracy, culture, encyclopedias, literature, publishing, and multiple Borgeses.
  • Reid, Alastair. Jorge Luis BorgesJorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 213-20. Rpt. of Jorge Luis Borges: Kafka: The Writer’s Writer. Conversations with a Writer. Journal of the Kafka Society of America 7.2 (1983): 20-27.
    • Hanson: Borges speaks extensively on Kafka and then answers questions on translation, German, and English.

1984

  • Jorge Luis BorgesAmbiente [Buenos Aires] Feb. 1984: 27-32. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 173-83.
    • Hanson: This interview begins comically with Borges recounting why he wore a costume for Halloween while in Wisconsin. He then talks about the recent Argentine elections, Argentina, race, landscape, language, architecture, Buenos Aires, and Lugones.
  • Kearney, Richard. L’Essence onirique de la vie: Entretien avec Jorge Luis Borges. Trans. Michel Crépu. Esprit Apr. 1984: 53-60.
    • Hanson: An interview originally in English and published in the Irish magazine Crane Bag. Borges responds to questions on the writers who have influenced him, the Latin American literary tradition, the Argentine literary tradition, Buddhism, philosophy, and Catholicism.
  • Schmidt, Mirta. Borges, la mujer...el sexoEntrevista 10 Apr. 1984: 14-18. Rpt. in Borges: Dos palabras antes de morir y otras entrevistas. Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: LC Editor, 1994. 71-82.
    • Hanson: An in-depth exploration into Borges’s views on love and sex; however, his responses are more general than personal. They talk about his youth, brothels, love, prostitutes, falling n love, massage parlors, virginity, homosexuality, pornography, “La intrusa,” the Argentine woman, and his greatest pains.
  • Kunis, Ricardo. La Argentina, la vejez y el testimonio de Borges, un escritor ilustre y soloClarín [sec. Cultura y Nación] 2 Aug. 1984: 1-2.
    • Hanson: The excerpts of this dialogue come from an interview Borges had with 4 people, 2 of whom were psychologists. Borges speaks of his age, loneliness, honorary doctorate degrees he has received, Argentina, and his youth.
  • Monzón, Florencio. El universo: una serie de sueñosTiempo Argentino [Buenos Aires] 16 Sept. 1984: 2-3.
    • Hanson: After giving a philosophy exam Borges discusses philosophy and literature, language, death, agency, God, love, and time.
  • Elenberg, Fernándo. Uriburu inició el camino de Campo de Mayo a Plaza de MayoSiete Días 24 Oct. 1984.
    • Hanson: This interview took place while Borges was in Italy to be conferred the title “Doctor Honoris Causa” in Literature from the University of Rome. In the interview Borges comments on when he worked in the newspaper Crítica, the Nobel Prize, Italy, Rome, his fame, how he feels “gringo,” and on the culture of the Americas.
  • Peicovich, Esteban. Me voy a vivir a Japón. Me prometieron que puedo volver a verGente 25 Oct. 1984: 18-22.
    • Hanson: In this interview held in Morocco Borges comments on the state of Argentina and mentions he may move to Japan. The interview ends with a conversation between Peicovich and Dr. Virgilio Olano on Borges’s eyesight and the possibility that Borges will see again.
  • Amor, vida, religión y esperanza, en las palabras de BorgesClarín (8 Nov. 1984): 29.
    • Hanson: A short article that contains Borges’s answers to questions from the public regarding politics.
  • O’Grady, Desmond. An Encounter with Jorge Luis BorgesQuadrant 28.12-207 (Dec. 1984): 50-51.
    • Hanson: This article is more of a short narration than an interview. Borges is quoted as saying he does not find Argentina’s plains to be boring.
  • Kosice, Gyula. Diálogo hidraulizado con Jorge Luis BorgesLa Nación 30 Dec. 1984: 2.
    • Hanson: A short interview in which Borges talks about the magazine Arte Madi, his current state at 84 years, technology, and eternity.
  • Conde, Perfecto. Borges: "Yo no merezco el Nobel"Interviú [Madrid] 1984: 32-34. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 185-92.
    • Hanson: An interview typical of Borges in which he converses about a free Argentina under Alfonsín, Perón, literature and authors from Spain, the Nobel Prize, women, and death.
  • Alifano, Roberto. Conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges. Buenos Aires: Atlántida, 1984.
    • Hanson: An extensive collection of 30 interviews. Alifano, in this 246-page book, records conversations he had with Borges on a wide range of topics, which are listed at the head of each dialogue, as well as in an index.
  • Alifano, Roberto. Twenty-Four Conversations with Borges. Trans. Nicomedes Suárez Araúz, Willis Barnstone, and Noemí Escandell. Housatonic, MA: Lascaux, 1984.
    • Hanson: English language translation of some Alifano interviews that were held from 1981-83 and were published in the original Spanish in Conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges and Últimas Conversaciones con Borges.
  • Barion Supervielle, Odile. Memoria y "gran memoria"Fuego del aire. Comp. María Victoria Suárez. Buenos Aires: Fundación JLB, [1984] 2001. 173-85.
    • Hanson: In this 1984 conversation between friends, Barion refers to Borges as “Georgie.” Borges’s answers prove quite insightful on topics such as why he writes, how he writes, his memory, his trip to Morocco and Egypt, 1001 Nights, Paul Deussen, his father, Borges’s teaching style, death, happiness, and friendship.
  • Kason, Nancy. A Conversation with BorgesHispania 70.1 (1987): 135-36.
    • Hanson: In this 1984 conversation Borges comments on the influence of English language literature on Latin American literature, science fiction, voodoo, and religion.
  • La literatura fantástica: Coloquio con Jorge Luis BorgesEl Mercurio [Chile] 17 Jan. 1988, sec. E: 1+.
    • Hanson: This interview is part of a 1984 conference that occurred in Seville. Borges explains that a writer must dream and answers questions about his poetry, his experience as an English professor, his fame, fantastic literature, the labyrinth, his literary works, and his blindness.
  • Rodríguez, Leandro. Conversation with Jorge Luis BorgesSoutherly 62.1 (2002) 9-20.
    • Hanson: This 1984 interview shows one of Borges’s virtues: his ability to trust others. Rodríguez returns to Argentina after many years and seeks audience with Borges. They discuss a wide range of topics, including: Argentine authors, English language authors, Australia, and languages (English, Spanish).

1985

  • Ulanovsky, Carlos. Una conversación con Jorge Luis Borges: "Para la poesía conviene más la desdicha"El Sur [Concepción, Chile] 21 April 1985.
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges talks of his old age, his blindness, feminism, happiness, and Borgesian thought.
  • Cruz, Jorge. Mis librosLa Nación 28 Apr. 1985: 1-2.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses his literary work, literature, free verse, Lugones, themes he repeats, labyrinths, tigers, and the novel.
  • Dialogo con Jorge Luis BorgesPresencia [Chile] July/Aug. 1985.
    • Hanson: In this interview Borges’s humility and humor are readily apparent. Borges answers questions on a wide range of topics, including: the Nobel Prize, South America, dictators, liberty, politics, the history of philosophy, religion, and death.
  • Mover, Rubén Carlos. Borges y su origen sefardíLa Luz [Buenos Aires] 26 Oct. 1985. Fragment rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges: El judaísmo e Israel. 2nd ed. Buenos Aires: Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la Cultura Sefardí, 1999. 185.
    • Hanson: In this fragment of the original interview, Borges states what Israel represents to him and his concept of time and space in El Aleph.
  • ¿Por qué me siento europeo? El País 17 Oct. 1985. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1956-1986. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 370-71.
    • Hanson: Taken from a survey, this article records Borges’s response to the question in the title.
  • Borges exige penas severas en el juicio a las juntasLa Razón [Buenos Aires] (12 Nov. 1985). Facsim. ed. The Life and Times of Jorge Luis Borges. 2005. Jorge Luis Borges Collection and Documentation Center of the Fundación San Telmo.
    • Hanson: Taken from an article published in the Brazilian magazine Status, the newspaper La Razón quotes Borges forcefully denouncing dictators.
  • Otamendi, Armando. Borges y los juegos de azarLa Razón [Buenos Aires] 28 Nov. 1985: 37. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 193-98.
    • Hanson: Borges explains why he dislikes the racetrack, gambling, his age, fútbol, tango, and nationalism.
  • Reportaje/Conversación con Raúl Burzaco (1985)
  • Alberti, Blas. Conversación con Jorge Luis BorgesConversaciones con Alicia Moreau de Justo y Jorge Luis Borges. Buenos Aires: Ediciones del Mar Dulce, 1985. 115-48.
    • Hanson: Borges answers questions regarding his personal history, including his childhood and how Argentina used to be.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Osvaldo Ferrari. Borges en diálogo: Conversaciones de Jorge Luis Borges con Osvaldo Ferrari. Barcelona: Grijalbo, 1985.
    • Hanson: Beginning in 1984 and continuing through 1986 Radio Municipal de Buenos Aires broadcasted dialogues between Borges and Ferrari. These same interviews were then published in the newspaper Tiempo Argentino. In this first book of the dialogues, which is 300 pages long, are the thirty interviews held in 1984 and which cover a wide range of fascinating topics.
  • Burzaco, Raul H. El Borges que me gusta recordarBorges. Buenos Aires: Fundación Banco de Boston, 1987. 30-34.
    • Hanson: This 1985 interview features Borges speaking on time, God, and death.
  • Dido, Juan Carlos. La última conferencia de BorgesCuadernos Hispanoamericanos: Revista Mensual de Cultura Hispánica 539-540 (1995): 171-75.
    • Hanson: Dido gives a transcription of a 1985 question and answer period in a Buenos Aires English language high school. Borges’s answers are arranged by topic and do not include the question posed. Topics include: why Borges writes, creating literature, literature, dreams, reality, God, death, and politics.
  • Galvez, Raul. Borges: Buenos Aires, 1985From the Ashen Land of the Virgin: Conversations [...]. Oakville, ON: Mosaic, 1989. 51-83.
    • Hanson: Borges, Galvez, and Osvaldo Ferrari in this 1985 conversation discuss historical events in several countries and changes that have occurred, including: name changes, American Indians, Parkman Francis, Canada, immigration, English, the monetary system, and Argentina.
  • López Lecube, Gloria. Borges intimo, un reportaje de Gloria Lopez Lecube. FM La Isla, Buenos Aires. 1985. Audiovideoteca de Buenos Aires. 2008. Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires.
    • Hanson: This radio interview conducted in 1985 records Borges’s comments on love, women, fame, his current project, his retirement, pornography, death, immortality, Ulysses, not taking himself seriously, and his literary destiny.

1986

  • Es más raro un político que un centauroNoreste [Chile] Apr. 1986: 11-12.
    • HansonNoreste reproduces some of the questions that Borges was asked when he spoke at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Borges’s captivating responses deal with his personal beliefs on: love for literature, art, power, God and religion, immortality, la locura, love, communication, surprise, feminism, thought, the west, and children
  • Bernés, Jean Pierre. La Universidad del mundo: Sobre literatura y latinidadLa Nación [Buenos Aires] (14 June 1987): sec. 4a: 1.
    • Hanson: This interview is the result of meetings that occurred between January 3-5, 1986. Borges comments on himself as an Argentine, culture, language, the Quijote, and Italian and French literature.
  • Bernés, Jean Pierre. La Universidad del mundo: Sobre literatura y latinidadLa Nación [Buenos Aires] (14 June 1987): sec. 4a: 1.
    • Hanson: This interview is the result of meetings that occurred between January 3-5, 1986. Borges comments on himself as an Argentine, culture, language, the Quijote, and Italian and French literature
  • Kunis, Ricardo. Conversación con Jorge Luis Borges: Por la razón no cesará de soñar... Clarín [sec. Cultura y Nación] 19 June 1986: 4-7.
    • Hanson: An interview that discusses philosophy, knowledge, the adjective, poetry, the short story, translation, literature, the Nobel Prize, and concludes on a personal note.
  • Butti, Enrique M. Entrevista a Jorge Luis Borges: Sobre el destino. El Litoral [Santa Fe, Arg.] [sec. Cultural] 15 June 1986: 4-5.
    • Hanson: Borges discusses free agency and destiny, and relates them to the destruction of books.
  • Barili, Amelia R. Borges on Life and DeathNew York Times Book Review (13 July 1986): 1+. Rpt. in "Borges, un tejedor de sueños." La Prensa (3 Aug. 1986). Rpt. in Borges. Buenos Aires: Fundación Banco de Boston, 1987. 78-84. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 240-48. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Textos Recobrados 1931-1955. Buenos Aires: Emecé, 2001. 373-79.
    • Hanson: Borges gives detailed information about when he lived in Geneva, “Los conjurados,” “La escritura del dios,” the Kabbalah, the origin of the universe, God, truth, and the Bible.
  • Barili, Amelia R. Borges, un tejedor de sueñosLa Prensa (3 Aug. 1986): 3.
    • Hanson: An abridged, Spanish-language version of “Borges on Life and Death” by the same author.
  • Sery, Patrick. Soy fundamentalmente un anarquistaLa Gazeta del Fondo de Cultura Económica [México D.F.] Aug. 1986: 92. Rpt. in Borges, Jorge Luis. El otro Borges: Entrevistas (1960 – 1986). Comp. Fernando Mateo. Buenos Aires: Equis, 1997. 199-203. Rpt. of Soy fundamentalmente un anarquista. L’Evenement du Jeudi [Paris] 85 (1986). Fragment rpt. as Tengo también una gota de sangre judía, como todo el mundo. Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges: El judaísmo e Israel. 2nd ed. Buenos Aires: Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la Cultura Sefardí, 1999. 180.
    • Hanson: Borges sharply criticizes politics, Perón, Argentines, and God. He explains why he likes Alfonsín and also spells out his ancestral roots.
  • Geisse, William. Tengo miedo de no morirPaula [Santiago, Chile] 482 (1986): 24-26.
    • HansonPaula claims to have been the last to interview Borges in 1986 before his death. The article begins by discussing Borges’s view on death and why his marriage to María Kodama was legalized in Paraguay and then continues with topics such as death, old age, blindness, books, how to be a writer, and politics.
  • Mosquer, Nélida, and Alejandro Salas. Borges (entrevista)Poesía [Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela] 11.6 (1986): 11-20.

    • Hanson: Borges offers page-long responses to questions on his travels, his ancestry, his literary work, and literature.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Osvaldo Ferrari. Libro de diálogos. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1986.
    • Hanson: Beginning in 1984 and continuing through 1986 Radio Municipal de Buenos Aires broadcasted dialogues between Borges and Ferrari. These same interviews were then published in the newspaper Tiempo Argentino. In this second book of the dialogues, which is 245 pages long, are the thirty interviews held in 1985 and which cover a wide range of captivating topics.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Osvaldo Ferrari. Reencuentro: Diálogos inéditos. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1999.
    • Hanson: [Beginning in 1984 and continuing through 1986 Radio Municipal de Buenos Aires broadcasted dialogues between Borges and Ferrari]. A collection of twenty-eight interviews between Borges and Ferrari not previously published. Most of the topics talked about are quite enlightening and were not previously discussed in the earlier Borges-Ferrari dialogue books.
  • Hughes, James M. Jorge Luis Borges Discusses Emily DickinsonBorges the Poet. Ed. Carlos Cortínez. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 1986. 4-32. Rpt. in Sur Emily Dickinson. Jorge Luis Borges: Entretiens sur la poésie et la littérature. Paris: Gallimard, 1990. 15-50.
    • Hanson: In the first section of this interview Borges speaks about Emily Dickinson, and is then asked questions from the audience on English language literature, Spanish language literature, his own literary works, and God.
  • Sobejano, Gonzalo and Carlos Cortínez. Jorge Luis Borges Discusses Hispanic LiteratureBorges the Poet. Ed. Carlos Cortínez. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 1986. 35-63. Rpt. as Sur la littérature hispanique. Jorge Luis Borges: Entretiens sur la poésie et la littérature. Paris: Gallimard, 1990. 51-89.
    • Hanson: Borges answers a wide array of questions that deal with various Spanish language authors and literatures, including questions on his own stories.
  • Soler Serrano, Joaquin. Jorge Luis Borges: Simplemente BorgesEscritores a fondo. Barcelona: Planeta, 1986. 57-70.
    • Hanson: Borges’s wit and humility come out in this interview as he speaks about his feelings, mathematics, dreams, errors, baroque writing, his ancestry, poetry, Don Quijote, death, fame, culture, democracy, government, Spain, and literature.
  • Verdugo-Fuentes, Waldermar. En voz de Borges. Tepepan, Mex.: Offset, 1986.
    • Hanson: A book of 215 pages that quotes Borges on fifteen topics that frequently appear in his interviews. The quotations are in typical question and answer format and are of unspecified origin.
  • Williams, Miller and Kenneth Rosen. Jorge Luis Borges Discusses North American LiteratureBorges the Poet. Ed. Carlos Cortínez. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas P, 1986. 67-92. Rpt. as Sur la littérature nord-américaine. Jorge Luis Borges : Entretiens sur la poésie et la littérature. Paris: Gallimard, 1990, 90-125.
    • Hanson: Borges’s discussion on North American literature in this interview is extensive.

1987

  • Berasategui, Blanca. Jorge Luis BorgesGente de palabra: 37 personajes entrevistos. Barcelona: Plaza y Janés, 1987.
    • Hanson: In this brief interview in Spain Borges comments on Spain and Japan.
  • Bioy Casares, Adolfo. Fragmentos de una larga conversación entre amigosBorges. Buenos Aires: Fundación Banco de Boston, 1987. 19-22.
    • Hanson: Not an interview, but rather quotes on literature from Borges according to his friend Bioy Casares.
  • Bianciotti, Hector, and J.P. Enthoven. Talking to Borges: Exorcising the CommonplaceVogue (Dec. 1987): 271+.
    • Hanson: Borges comments on a number of topics, such as: language, the word “Borgesian,” philosophy, fame, blindness, beauty, French literature, Neruda, Perón, and politics.
  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Osvaldo Ferrari. Diálogos últimos. Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 1987.
    • Hanson: Beginning in 1984 and continuing through 1986 Radio Municipal de Buenos Aires broadcasted dialogues between Borges and Ferrari. These same interviews were then published in the newspaper Tiempo Argentino. In this third book of the dialogues, which is 218 pages long, are the thirty interviews held in 1986 and which cover a wide range of topics.

1988

  • Alifano, Roberto. Últimas conversaciones con Jorge Luis Borges. Buenos Aires: Torres Agüero, 1988.
    • Hanson: This 200+ page book is another quality source of Borges’s interviews and contains twenty dialogues with Alifano, one of Borges’s personal friends. Each dialogue is headed with a list of the major topics discussed.
  • Zlotchew, Clark M. Jorge Luis Borges: An InterviewAmerican Poetry Review 17.5 (1988): 22-26. Rpt. in Voices of the River Plate: Interviews with Writers of Argentina and Uruguay. San Bernardino: Borgo, 1995. 23-39. Rpt. in Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998. 221-39.
    • Hanson:Borges gives information on the time he saw a man killed, women who have attracted him, a BBC film about his life, Castile, the milonga, the film version of “La intrusa,” Borges’s Jewish ancestry, his literary works, truco, detective novels, revelation and the muse, and Kubla Khan.

1989

  • Sobre textos y misteriosClarín [sec. Cultura y Nación] 26 Jan. 1989: 2-4.
    • Hanson: A minor interview in which Borges speaks of happiness, the two types of books: one that is written and one that is nature, Macedonio Fernández, and the double.

1991

  • Acosta García, Nestor. Borges: A los 92 años de su nacimiento. La Prensa (5 de agosto, 1991): sec. 3a: 1.
    • Hanson: Acosta transcribes a recorded interview with Borges in honor of the 92nd anniversary of Borges’s birth. Among other topics, Borges answers questions on memory, history, eternity, God, the Falkland Islands war, children, and María Kodama.
  • Martínez, Ezequiel. El psicoanalista de Borges revela el trauma sexual que marcó su vidaClarín 15 Aug. 1991: 34-35.
    • Hanson: This is not an interview with Borges, but with Dr. Kohan Miller who was Borges’s psychologist from 1944-1947. He relates how a forced sexual encounter when Borges was 19 affected his life.

1992

  • Borges, Jorge Luis, and Osvaldo Ferrari. Diálogos. Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1992.
    • Hanson: Beginning in 1984 and continuing through 1986 Radio Municipal de Buenos Aires broadcasted dialogues between Borges and Ferrari. These same interviews were then published in the newspaper Tiempo Argentino. This book of selected dialogues, which is 383 pages long, includes seventy of the ninety total interviews published from 1984 to 1986 and which cover a wide range of engaging topics. These seventy interviews were previously published in book form in Borges en diálogo: Conversaciones de Jorge Luis Borges con Osvaldo Ferrari, Libro de diálogos, and Diálogos últimos.

1993

  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Borges en la Escuela Freudiana de Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires: AGALMA, 1993.
    • Hanson: This 159-page book contains three presentations by Borges, followed by question and answer periods. The first took place in 1980 and discusses dreams and poetry, the second in 1981 and deals with Baruch Spinoza, and the last in 1982 and focuses on the poet and writing. Borges offers extensive answers to the questions, and touches on various topics and works of literature, especially his own.

1996

  • Alifano Roberto. El humor de Borges. Buenos Aires: Urraca, 1996.
    • Hanson: Acosta transcribes a recorded interview with Borges in honor of the 92nd anniversary of Borges’s birth. Among other topics, Borges answers questions on memory, history, eternity, God, the Falkland Islands war, children, and María Kodama.
  • Gilio, María Esther. Una entrevista de los 70: Uno no elige ser ShakespearePágina 12 14 June 1996: 3-4.
    • Hanson: An abbreviated version of “Yo quería ser el hombre invisible” published in Crisis.

1997

  • Calveyra, Arnaldo. Último encuentro con BorgesVariaciones Borges 4 (1997): 213-14.
    • Hanson: Recounts Calveyra’s last experience with Borges and includes sparse quotes from the interview. Not of much interest or value.
  • Cortínez, Carlos. Jorge Luis Borges: La literatura de mis díasFractal 7. Oct.-Dec. 1997: 63- 88.
    • Hanson: Cortínez reproduces in the original Spanish sections of the interview “Jorge Luis Borges Discusses Hispanic Literature” published in Borges the Poet.

1998

  • Borges, Jorge Luis. Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations. Ed. Richard Burgin. Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1998.
    • Hanson: This 254-page book contains 16 previously published interviews by different authors and is a fine source because of its variety. The interviews have been listed by author and annotated in this bibliography.
  • Galasso, Norberto. La búsqueda de la identidad nacional en Jorges Luis Borges y Raúl Scalabrini Ortiz. Rosario: Homo Sapiens, 1998.
    • Hanson: While this 177-page book does not include whole interviews, it uses several well-known interviews with Borges to quote his opinion on a variety of topics.

2002

  • Urrero Peña, Guzmán. Borges Oral: Testimonios conservados en el Archivo Sonor de RNECuadernos Hispanoamericanos 620 [Feb.] (2002): 103-14.
    • Hanson: This article is a collection of excerpts from interviews recorded for a Madrid radio program. Borges makes remarks on the novel, labyrinths, his literary works, detective stories, his fame, poetry, Chesterson, and Spain.

2006

  • Bioy Casares, Adolfo. Adolfo Bioy Casares: Borges. Edición al cuidado de Daniel Martino. Buenos Aires: Destino, 2006.
    • Hanson: This massive 1663 page book contains excerpts about Borges from the Bioy Casares diary that was written over a period of more than a 50 years. While not an interview, it is an invaluable resource of insights, quotes, and dialogues with Borges according to one of his closest associates and friends.