Chapter 37. Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)

  1. Charles J. Rzepka Professor1 and
  2. Lee Horsley Reader2
  1. Alicia Borinsky Professor Director

Published Online: 30 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317916.ch37

A Companion to Crime Fiction

A Companion to Crime Fiction

How to Cite

Borinsky, A. (2010) Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986), in A Companion to Crime Fiction (eds C. J. Rzepka and L. Horsley), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317916.ch37

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Boston University, USA

  2. 2

    Lancaster University, UK

Author Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405167659

Online ISBN: 9781444317916



  • Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986);
  • Adolfo Bioy Casares, long-time friend and collaborator of Jorge Luis Borges;
  • Bioy and Borges, part of a cenacle considered aloof and detached by outsiders;
  • Borges and Bioy, not equating vulgarity with lack of money or social standing;
  • Borges and Bioy, founded the Colección del Séptimo Círculo - publishing Ellery Queen with authors featuring in Ellery Queen magazine;
  • Montenegro's French affectation and political opportunism - matched by his fervent xenophobia;
  • “The Twelve Figures of the World,” - first of the six problems, serving also as our introduction to Parodi;
  • Molinari's tale of his initially casual association with Druses - translating their exoticism into quotidian Argentine realities;
  • universal patterns and local readings - Six Problems for don Isidro Parodi, extreme representation of a hyper-Argentine error;
  • Borges, best known to fans of postmodern detective genre - for his three Poe tribute stories “Death and the Compass”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Friendship

  • Cosmetic Intelligence and the Idle Detective

  • Universal Patterns and Local Readings

  • History, Culture, and Crimes