Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Todays Google doodles – Jorge Luis Borges 112th birthday

A doodle inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges honours the Argentine author on his 112th birthday. Born on August 24, 1899 in Buenos Aires the poet, essayist and short-story writer had command over a number of languages, though Spanish was the language of his literature.

Born to a respected Argentine family, Borges interest in literature was triggered by the books in his father’s library. In 1914 Borges moved to Switzerland with his family, where he learned French and German and also received his bachelor’s degree. While in Europe, Borges also spent a year in Spain, where he joined the Ultraist movement of avant-garde poets.

Upon his return to Argentina in 1921 he established the Ultraist movement in South America. Borges’ first published work was a volume of poems titled Fervor de Buenos Aires, poemas.

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