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Unreleased Borges: published incomplete novel and loss chat

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A box was found at the University of Texas with a text of five handwritten pages chronicling the downfall of a colonel who fought for the independence of Argentina

Archive of the University of Texas treasured manuscripts and literary jewels. Along with James Joyce papers, Lewis Carrol, DH Lawrence and other authors of the same tonnage was the case with Jorge Luis Borges documents that a couple of years Peruvian academic and critic Julio Ortega revised with some hope. Among the original and branded drafts, found a text of five handwritten pages chronicling the downfall of a colonel who fought for the independence of Argentina. The name was Ortega Rivero and initially took him for a story, then I understood: going to be the novel that Borges never wrote.

It's just a gamble, but it's known dislike of the author of Fictions by the extension of the novels: Ortega as what exists in Los Rivero chronic asking novelistic long breath doubt would have been announced to Borges. "My guess is that when he realized he had to keep writing, saw with horror that was about to write a novel ... and left the story, probably with relief," says scholar at Brown University. It was the only finding of Ortega. In another file, in the department of Spanish at the University of Austin, found the recording Borges gave a lecture in English in 1982, called My Friend Don Quijote. Now both are unreleased books published in two luxury; the first by the second Borges Foundation and by the Center for Modern Art in Madrid.

If the enigmatic story Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quijote, Borges hinted that we could all be Cervantes, or write exactly like him following some conditions, the conference surprised Argentine writer saying that "we can all consider Don Quijote as a friend ". He adds: "When we find a real character in fiction, we know that character exists beyond the world that created it."

Regarding the possible novel The Rivero, the story was apparently written in 1950, when Borges yet entirely lost vision. Told from the point of view of his heirs the story of Colonel Clement Rivero, strong in the fight for the independence of the United Provinces of South and companion of Simon Bolivar in his battles for the continent man. He died in exile in Uruguay, just before the liberation of their country.

According to Ortega, in the pages of the story was announced a long history: "I was surprised to find that this story could have been the first novel by Borges. Because I had to tell the story of the founder's sons hero, died in exile. The idea is sarcastic: the first generation of the Republic, has already lost the Republic. Is made by underprivileged and orphans", says.

traslation: Belén Zapata