Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, usually referred to as Jorge Luis Borges ( Spanish pronunciation: [ xoɾxe lwis boɾxes ]), was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family returne to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He previousl worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Borges was fluent in fourtee languages. He as a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it.
Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his earl fifties. In 1955, he was appointed director of the National Public Library ( Biblioteca Nacional) and professor of Philosoph at the University of Buenos Aires. In 1961, he too to international attention when he received the first International Publishers' Prize Prix Formentor. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1986.
J. M. Coetzee said of Borges: " He, more than anythin, renovated the language of fiction and thus opened the way to a remarkable generation of Spanish American novelists.