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Jorge Luis Borges in New York

This is a rebroadcast of the Argentinian writer, Jorge Luis Borges, reading a selection of his poetry at the 92nd Street Y. The writer recites his poems in Spanish and a guest reads the translation. Borges comments on the poems individually and occasionally relates them to his existentialist perspectives. He encourages his audience to read beyond his poems, to see them as more than strands of words that have been strung together. According to the writer, poetry, like art, surpasses the conventional world known to humanity. He sees it as something that occupies another reality-- another universe.

Originally recorded on April 29th, 1976, the reading is a record of one of Borges's last visits to the United States. He reads from some of his most celebrated works, including: The Other Tiger, To a Sword in York Minster, Israel 1969, and An Invocation to Joyce.

Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (1899-1986) was an Argentinian writer, translator, and political activist. His works have been included amongst collections of philosophy, as well as fantasy. While he maintained a respectable international reputation, he was not fully recognized in the United States until the 1960s, the period in which his works began to be translated into English. In the 1961, he received the Prix Formentor, which he shared with Samuel Becket. Borges was also the recipient of the Jerusalem Prize, National Prize for Literature, Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, and the French Legion of Honour.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.