'An absorbing and meticulously researched biography by one of the best critics of Latin American literature of our time' Mario Vargas Llosa 'Superb ... provides a stimulating and colourful account of Borges's life, work and times' Financial Times 'It is difficult to see how Edwin Williamson's research could be bettered or superseded.' - LIterary Review '...altogether first-rate biography...extraordinary vividness' - Atlantic Monthly 'A literary life of major importance, authoritatively told in an exceptionally fine biography.' - Kirkus 'As an account of Borges's life, the book is balanced and
Edwin Williamson is the author of the Penguin History of Latin America and other books on both Latin America and the Golden Age of Spain. He is the King Alfonso XIII Professor of Spanish in the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Exeter College.
"Its evocations of the soul of a place.... Approaches, In Its Way, The Somber Magic of Joyce's Dubliners."