Google doodle celebrates life of writer Jorge Luis Borge

24 Aug 2011

The latest doodle to emerge from the prolific design community at Google celebrates the life of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borge whose work helped shape science fiction writing in the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

Borge was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and died in 1986. He is known for his use of the “character of unreality in literature” and books like Ficciones and The Aleph are interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, animals and God.

Most notably his work contributed to the science fiction genre with the use of magic realism which worked against the realism/naturalism found in most 19th century literature.

The doodle portrays a man looking out on a futuristic cityscape full of staircases, bookcases and aqueducts.

In 1961, Borge received the first International Publishers’ Prize, the Prix Formentor, which he shared with Irish writer Samuel Beckett. However, a Nobel Prize for literature the writer who suffered from progressive blindness.

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