Eco and Borges

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The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges is (along with Joyce) one of the two key influences on Eco's works.

Illustration by Roberto Bobrow, Creative Commons, source

Eco has a key essay in On Literature that is his response to the many papers, such as those linked below, that seek to explicate Borges's influence on his works.

Key connections

  • The character Jorge of Burgos in Name of the Rose suggests Borges. Eco discusses this connection in Postscript to the Name of the Rose.
  • Borges' 1941 short story, "The Library of Babel," is about "a universe, which others call the Library", which has resonances in the library in Name of the Rose.
  • Both write extensively about Kabbala (and way before Madonna made it cool).
  • Borges' 1943 short story, "The Secret Miracle"
  • more...


Key quotations

  • Eco: "Though so different in style, two writers have offered us an image for the next millennium: Joyce and Borges. The first designed with words what the second designed with ideas: the original, the one and only World Wide Web. The Real Thing. The rest will remain simply virtual." Borges, Collected Fictions, cover blurb.
  • Eco: "library plus blind man can only equal Borges." Postscript to The Name of the Rose.


Links/Bibliography


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