Borges as an Influence
The writers who have cited Borges as a literary influence are legion; indeed, the adjective Borgesian has become as commonplace as Joycean or Kafkaesque. The term is generally applied to works that play with a readers perceptions of conventional reality, usually by destabilizing notions of time and space, blurring the boundaries of fact, fiction, and philosophy, or blending artistic invention with mock criticism and academia. Other elements of the Borgesian style are more subtle, and include an economy of language, an eclectic range of interests, and a dry, ironic humor. (And always a near-mystical fascination with books, libraries, clocks, and mirrors!)
Below you will find a collection of authors and works which have been influenced in some way by Jorge Luis Borges. The collection is divided into three sections: Featured Book Reviews, the Main Collection, and the Readers Gallery. The Main Collection features entries for individual authors clicking on an authors name will take you to a small page describing his work and discussing the influence of Borges. The Readers Gallery holds entries submitted by visitors; these pages simply contain the submission without any elaboration. If anyone has any submissions or suggestions, or would like to elaborate on an entry, please send email!
Special Credit: The image used as the banner for all these pages was based on a drawing by Borges, currently held in the University of Virginia Special Collection.
Featured Book Reviews
Sean Kernans The Secret Books
The Modern Word, 16 November 1999. A review of Sean Kernans haunting homage to Borges and books.
Rhys Hughes A New Universal History of Infamy
The Modern Word, 20 March 2004 A look at Welsh writer Rhys Hughes update of a Borges classic.
American postmodern novelist who incorporates Borgesian themes into his fiction.
Danielewski, Mark Z.
American author of House of Leaves, a very Borgesian novel with a blind old writer as a central character.
Italian intellectual, novelist and semiotician, author of The Name of the Rose.
This Mexican writer author of the masterpiece The Death of Artemio Cruz paid tribute to Borges in Borges in Action.
García Márquez, Gabriel
Colombian writer and Nobel Laureate, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude.
American science fiction writer and one of the key founders of the cyberpunk genre, author of Neuromancer.
A Serbian-Hungarian novelist, poet, and essayist, the late Kis was the author of complex works than mined many Borgesian themes.
British comic book author, his postmodern style graced the pages of Animal Man and Doom Patrol and may currently seen in DCs The Invisibles.
American writer, one of the principle figures in postmodern fiction and author of Gravitys Rainbow.
An Argentine novelist, Sabato has been called the Anti-Borges.
American science fiction and fantasy writer influenced by latin American magical realism.
A Canadian poet and critic whose poetry has been influenced by Borges fiction.
Colombian filmmaker and graphic artist, Useches films merge dream and reality in a labyrinth of identity.
American writer of fantasy and science fiction with an often ironic, postmodern bent; author of the Abergris stories.
American comic book writer, worked on Swamp Thing during its most psychedelic period.
American science fiction and fantasy writer, author of the Book of the New Sun series.
A British novelist, his Borges influences are often a source of humour in his works.
Science Fiction writer who includes a synthetic Borges in a recent novel.
This scientific writer uses a fictional Borges to explain some mathematical concepts in his book, The Advent of the Algorithm.
Coleman, Wim & Pat Perrin
Authors of the postmodern romp The Jamais Vu Papers, which includes self-aware fictional characters and a Borges knitting circle.
Writer who admired Borges and created a story that reads as a Borgesian parody.
Author of The Neverending Story, Ende has made an homage to Borges in one of his stories.
American writer of brilliant and often trenchant short stories.
British comic book writer, creator of the amazing Sandman series.
Polish novelist who disliked Borges so much he satirized him in one of his books.
Executive editor of Wired Magazine and author of the book Out of Control.
This Polish writer produced many thought-provoking science fiction parables and essays.
A Swedish astronomer and storyteller, his Borgesian works blended cosmological truth and imaginative reality.
Oates, Joyce Carol
A personal anecdote from one of her former students.
The Serbo-Croation author Dictionary of the Khazars.
The great French Postmodernist and Palindromist.
Comic book writer, worked on DCs XOMBI.
Brilliant British/Indian novelist, author of The Satanic Verses.
Nobel-prize winning Portuguese author of The Year of the Death of Riccardo Reis, apparently set in a world where Mr. H. Quain is cheerfully writing novels. . .
A German writer living in England, his novels are known for their entrancing prose and autobiographical reflections.
Vargas, Daniel Romero
Peruvian author of the short story, Lets Kill Borges!