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Borges and the Nobel.

It is said that he was the best Argentine writer of all time but never won the Nobel Prize in
Literature
21 May, 2018

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Jorge Luis Borges never won the Nobel Prize in Literature. He said in 1979: “Every year I get nominated for the prize and give it to someone else. All of this is a kind of rite.” Recently it became known — through a declassified document of the Swedish Academy — that in 1967 he was very close to winning the award, but was rejected as “too exclusive or artificial”.

That is now the official version. However, the suspicion was always that the writer’s ideological and political tendencies — sharply tilted to the right — were those that left him off the winning lists on so many occasions. Apparently, nobody wanted to be associated with someone who once defined the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet as an “excellent person.”

As always happens, the choice is to establish whether it is possible to separate the author from his work, and not overlook the one who made a fundamental contribution to universal literature because his thoughts might be controversial. For the Academy, apparently, that possibility did not fit in the Borges case.

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