The Secret Miracle
by Jorge Luis Borges
The Secret Miracle Resources
Here, you'll find an astounding collection of information about and inspired by the work of Jorge Luis Borges. This is definitely one of the best Borges sites on the web. Click away and dive in.
Check out this imaginative virtual bookshelf of all the texts that Borges famously didn't write. Look closely: you can find Jaromir Hladik's A Vindication of Eternity here. Pretty cool.
The Poetry Foundation gives us an excellent biography of Jorge Luis Borges, as well as a summary and interpretation of some of his major works and themes. Check it out and you'll see that "The Secret Miracle" fits right into his style.
Movie or TV Productions
As insanely interesting as Borges' short stories are, many of them have yet to be translated to film or television. Is it just too daunting to capture Borges' abstract ideas on film? What do you think? Can you think of a way to write the screenplay for "The Secret Miracle"?
Articles and Interviews
In commemoration of what would have been Borges's 112th birthday on August 24th, 2011, Google's daily doodle showed the author standing in a fantastic library. Way to recognize the greats, Google.
In this 1971 New York Times interview, Borges explains that being a widely beloved intellectual means – among other things – that you don't have to pay cab fare. (Shmoop still pays, but we're working on it.)
Though he wasn't Jewish, Borges famously wrote an essay titled, "Yo, Judío" ("I, a Jew") in response to Argentine anti-Semitism in the 1930s. In this article, Jewish writer Daniel Schifrin reflects on Borges' complicated relationship to Judaism.
Check out this 2007 documentary about Jorge Luis Borges, narrated by a lady with a fancy-sounding accent.
This video shows some of the main sites in Prague, including a couple that are mentioned in Borges' story. The "Celetná," or Royal Road, is another name for the "Zeltnergasse," the road on which Jaromir Hladik lives. So either watch this, or hop on a plane.
First, learn Spanish. Then, check out this interview with the dude.
Borges wasn't just an essayist: he was also, evidently, a lyricist. In the 1960s, Borges collaborated with legendary tango composer Astor Piazzolla to create a series of tangos. Their work was rerecorded and released as an album in 1994.
This is when our guy was three years old. Do you think he was already pontificating on the meaning of time?
Our author, as most people know him.
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