On the Argentine poet and writer Jorge Luis Borges.
Once upon a time, a little kid named Jorge Luis Borges was in Buenos Aires in the early twentieth century. He was a quiet, introverted youngster who liked books and spent most of his time reading and writing.
Borges had no intention of becoming a writer, despite his love of books. Instead, he studied philosophy and languages to become a professor at the university. His love of writing, however, was too powerful to suppress, and he soon began to publish his first poems and stories.
Borges got increasingly politically involved as his writing career progressed, speaking out against Juan Peron’s dictatorial administration. As a result, Borges was named director of Argentina’s National Library in 1955, following the overthrow of Peron’s administration by a military coup, a position he maintained for over 20 years.
During his tenure as director, Borges evolved the library into one of Latin America’s most prominent cultural institutions and a centre for intellectual and artistic life in Buenos Aires. He also continued to compose and publish throughout this time, producing some of his most famous works.
Despite his success, Borges remained a humble and modest guy who never sought fame or money for fame or fortune. “I have always envisioned that Heaven will be a type of library,” he once observed, and his life’s work reflected that conviction.
Borges’ vision deteriorated as he aged and finally went entirely blind. This, however, did not prevent him from writing or living a full meaningful life. He continued to write and deliver lectures, and his endurance and dedication to literature made him an inspiration to others.
Jorge Luis Borges died in 1986, yet his memory lives on. His works are still read and studied worldwide, and his personal story exemplifies the power of literature and the human spirit.