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Borges and Kafka: Sons and Writers

Sarah Roger


This study provides a detailed investigation of Jorge Luis Borges’s development as an author in light of (1) Franz Kafka’s influence on Borges’s writing and (2) Borges’s relationship with his father, Jorge Guillermo Borges (Borges père, a failed author). Reading Borges’s stories with respect to the influence of these literary and familial precursors explains some of his aims as a writer. Borges believed that much of Kafka’s writing derived from his personal experiences, particularly his relationship with his father. Following Borges’s lead, this book looks at how reading Kafka helped Borges me ... More

Keywords: Jorge Luis Borges, Jorge Guillermo Borges, Franz Kafka, influence, precursor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198746157
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Roger, author
McMaster University