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Sunday Read: Professor Borges’ Knives

Professor BorgesMichael Greenberg reviews Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature, which is a compilation of twenty-five of the great writer’s lectures, interweaving in his essay fascinating details from the great writer’s life:

Swords, daggers—weapons with a blade—retained a mysterious, talismanic significance for Borges, imbued with predetermined codes of conduct and honor. The short dagger had particular power, because it required the fighters to draw death close, in a final embrace. As a young man, in the 1920s, Borges prowled the obscure barrios of Buenos Aires, seeking the company of cuchilleros, knife fighters, who represented to him a form of authentic criollo nativism that he wished to know and absorb.

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