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The following links will take you to a wide variety of locations around the world, from the JLB Centre in Denmark to small cafés in virtual Argentina. If you find any new sites, or if you come across a dead link, please drop me a line.

Borges Texts Online

Gnutenberg.net – Contains the complete texts to over a dozen Borges stories.

Borges StoriesThis site contains the texts to “The Circular Ruins,” “The Library of Babel,” and “The Zahir,” along with excerpts from various published criticism.

Who Needs Poets? New York Times, May 8, 1971. Adapted from Borges’ remarks at Columbia University, this essay talks about poetry.

The Library of Babel – Maintained by Jester, this is the text of Borges’ story with a lovely conceptual JPEG image of the Library.

Borges and I – Maintained by Georgetown University, this page is a hypertext version of Borges’ essay “Borges and I,” complete with several linked annotations by Dr. Martin Irvine.

Major Borges Resources

The Jorge Luis Borges Center Web page – Based at the University of Århus in Denmark, the JLBC is dedicated to the research of works by Borges, the study of themes and the style of thinking found in his work, and the compilation and translation of works by and about Borges. The layout of this website is simply beautiful to behold.

Internetaleph – Martin Hadis’ site contains an extensive collection of links – many to Spanish resources not listed on this page – and an essay on approaching Borges. This is a great resource for exploring artists and writers related to Borges as well! (English & Spanish)

miBorges.com – Maintained by Sandra Pien, this Argentine site is a fairly comprehensive look at Borges and his world. (Spanish)

Libraries and Special Collections

Coleccion Jorge Luis Borges – Maintained by Nicolas Helft and residing at the Fundación San Telmo in Buenos Aires, this site contains information on the Helft Collection, a huge repository of Borgesian materials available to scholars. It also includes the very useful Borges “Enciclopedia” as well as some great photos.

The Helft Collection – Maintained by Ivan Almeida at the JLB Center, this page holds digitized samples of the Helft Collection, a collection of “some of the best documents (manuscripts, first editions, covers, pictures) by and about Borges. They belong to Jorge, Marion and Nicolás Helft, a well-known family of art collectors in Buenos Aires.”

University of Virginia Special Collection – Maintained by the University of Virginia, this site is dedicated to the University’s Borges holdings, “more than two thousand individual items in virtually all formats, spanning Borges’ career of sixty-five years. The collection’s depth is unsurpassed, and many items it contains are quite rare.” The Web site contains a few digitized versions of some drawings made by Borges.

Notre Dame Borges Collection – The University of Notre Dame has a very useful site detailing their Borges collection, including a set of poem cards and the rare LP Borges por él mismo.

National Library Borges Collection – The Borges collection at the National Library in Buenos Aires.

Miscellaneous Borges Sites.

Biographical Sketches

Borges Page – A wonderful page held at “Literatura Argentina Contemporanea,” an excellent website about Argentine literature. (Spanish)

Empire*Zine Borges page – A single page-tribute to Borges from the September 1999 Empire Zine.

Pegasos Borges page – A short bio and bibliography from the Pegasos site.

Other Borges Sites

Borges Guides – Excerpts from the Dictionary of Borges by Evelyn Fishburn and Psiche Hughes, available online as PDF downloads.

Wikipedia Borges Entry – The Borges page at Wikipedia, the Web’s free, open-work encyclopedia.

PEN Borges Talks – PEN has placed transcripts from its 2000 “Remembering Jorge Luis Borges” celebration online. Includes pieces by Alastair Reid, Eliot Weinberger, Robert Stone, and Paul Auster.

GSF&FW Borges site – From the Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Works site, this page details the fantastical elements in Borges’ writing.

The Borgesian Cyclopaedia – Pablo Stafforini’s page of Borges links.

Homenaje a Borges – Terra’s graphically-rich site focuses on musical and spoken-word aspects of Borges. (Spanish)

Borges under Review – The May 2000 issue of The Complete Review has published an essay all about critical responses to the recent Collected Fictions.

Borges and Tango – Oscar Bianchi looks at “Hombre de la esquina rosada.”

Borges Article & Site – A Portuguese site based from the magazine Limbo. (Portuguese)

Borges Study Guide – This syllabus, by Professor Harry Vélez Quiñones of the University of Puget Sound, offers some insightful study questions and a few links for students.

The Garden of Jorge Luis Borges – A page by Paul M. Willenberg, this site explores some of Borges’s work from a critical dimension. (It has not been updated in a long while; and uses our biography without credit.)

Poet-Hero: Jorge Luis Borges – By Jeff Trussell, this page focuses primarily on his work as a poet, and is part of the “My Hero” program.

Borgesian Projects

Projects based on Borges

Zweite Enzyklopädie von Tlön – An ambitious project “reconstruct the Second Encyclopaedia of Tlön. Within ten years (1997– 2006) fifty volumes are to be created. We see the compilation of the right keywords (there is only one keyword per volume) and their interconnection as an important prerequisite for success.”

Digital Library of Babel – Jérôme Dumonteil’s fascinating site allows you to digitally generate (or is that find?) one of the infinite books in Borges’ biblioteca total.

Hyperlinked “Garden of Forking Paths” –Vaios Papanagnou’s evolving project aims to create a fully annotated, interactive version of Borges’ story.

The Interactive Library of Babel – Liza Chudnovsky’s site allows the visitor to read through “The Library of Babel” using several interactive approaches.

Goodbrey’s “Aleph” Flash Movie – A very abridged retelling of “The Aleph,” Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s ingenious Flash movie is an interactive experience that really pays off at the climax! Try this!

Taff’s “Aleph” Flash Movie – Alan Taff’s black and white retelling of “The Aleph” plays like an old film noir movie reel, and comes with dramatic music, clever interactivity, and a very striking finale. The perfect blend of sly humor and mounting drama, it originally appeared in Cre@te online magazine.

The Interactive Book of Sand – Max Clarke’s site takes Borges’ Book of Sand and puzzles it up as eight as randomly numbered pages, which the reader must put in the “correct” order....

La Biblioteca Total – Maintained at the Fundación San Telmo site, this page details a Borges interactive CD-ROM available for PCs. (Spanish.)

Art inspired by Borges

The Hokes Archive – The brainchild of Professor Beauvais Lyons, the Hokes Archive is a collection of artwork and artifacts of “forgotten archelology.” One of his primary inspirations is ?Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.”

The Artist Who Never WasTennessee Daily Times, 29 October 2001. Joel Davis’ story about Professor Lyon and his collection of art from imaginary artists.

The Secret Books – This Web site is a beautiful and engaging look at Sean Kernan’s photographic homage to Borges.

New! Infinite Library – Artwork by Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca, inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges.

The Interactive Book of Sand – Max Clarke’s site takes Borges’ Book of Sand and puzzles it up as eight as randomly numbered pages, which the reader must put in the “correct” order....

Borges Artwork – Maintained by Ivan Almeida at the JLB Center, this page holds a collection of Borges art that is, in a word, splendid! Projects of the Vakalo School of Art and Design in Athens, Greece, some of these pieces just need to be seen to be believed!

Lilia Pegado’s Page – Lilia Pegado is an artist inspired by Borges and geometry, and describes her intriguing work as “supernormalism.”

Adriana Mufarrege’s Page – An Argentine painter, Mufarrege’s page contains several lovely portraits of Borges. (Spanish)

Borgesian ChairsTwo chairs inspired by Borges; from Argentine artist Mirta Kupferminc. (Spanish)

The Library of BabelA review of a Japanese art exhibition using Borges’ story as its inspiration.

Writing inspired by Borges

A Surreal Visitor – Guy Rundle details Borges’ trip to Melbourne, Australia.

Ed Newman’s Labyrinth – This homepage has a very Borgesian feel, as do some of the short stories the author has made available.

Bumps on my Head – Authored by Michael Chabon, this homepage contains some writing partly inspired by Borges.

Things That Fell Out of My Head – Borges the Borg: You will be assimilated....

VKBAR – Mathieu Sabourin’s gorgeous site is an attempt to create an entry on Uqbar for the Encyclopedia Britannica. (French)

Other Borges-inspired Projects

Secret Chiefs 3 – Recording their music at “Forking Paths Studios,” this avant-garde band takes inspiration from the works of Borges.

Latin American Art & Literature


Adolfo Bioy-Casares – Another wonderful page from “Literature Argentina Contemporanea,” this page is dedicated to ABC, one of Borges’s closest friends and frequent literary collaborator. (The site is in Spanish.)

Xul Solar Museum – The artist Xul Solar was an associate of Borges; his works may be seen on the museum’s Web page.


The Americas Society Cultural Affairs – The Americas Society, located in new York City, is dedicated to promoting Latin American affairs in the United States.

Review: Latin American Literature and Arts – Published by the Americas Society, this excellent biannual magazine features reviews, articles, fiction and poetry. Borges is often discussed in its pages, as are many other Argentine and Latin American writers and poets. You can read about Review and even subscribe via this link.

Latin American Literary Review – “Latin American Literary Review is a scholarly journal devoted to the literature of Latin America and Brazil. It is published semiannually in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Latin American Literary Review’s purpose has been to provide the academic community with a firsthand interpretation of Latin American literature and culture through feature essays and reviews of recent “literary” works.?

South American Authors Mailing List – According to the official description, the SA Author OneList is “a place for readers/writers interested in talking and trading information on South American writers. If you like the work of García Márquez, Pablo Neruda, Garcia Lorca, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende or any other SA writer, or if you are interested in discussing South American country’s recent history, please subscribe.”

–Allen B. Ruch
12 August 2006

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