Borges manuscript goes on view in Argentina

Jose Luis Borges (1899-1986) was himself a librarian by profession and directed the National Library from 1955 to 1973, resigning when Juan Domingo Peron was re-elected presidentA manuscript of Jorge Luis Borges’ celebrated short story “The Library of Babel” has gone on display in Argentina’s National Library for the first time, its director said Wednesday. The document came to light 10 days ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil where Argentinian library director Alberto Manguel said he retrieved it from among a private collector’s hoard of papers, paintings, photographs, maps and letters from the likes of South American independence hero Jose de San Martin. Written in a tiny script, the manuscript is now on loan to the National Library from the collector, Pedro Aranha do Lago.

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