Jorge Luis Borges

The Last Interview and Other Conversations

“[The Universe] did not need me until 1899, when I was born. I was left out until it did.”

Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) bridged modernism and post-modernism and according to David Foster Wallace, was one of the most stupendous 20th century writers never to win a Nobel Prize. His short stories, poetry and essays wondered about being, existence and meaning of death.

Borges suffered from insomnia, was terrified of mirrors, extremely short-sighted and by his death, completely blind. He credits these fears with directing his gaze into the minute and the profound.

This book is the English publication of a 1967 interview Borges gave to his colleague Argentine journalist Gloria Lopez Lecube. Borges wrote “The exchange of thoughts is a condition necessary for all love, all friendship and all real dialogue. Two men who can speak together can enrich and broaden themselves indefinitely.” Borges died a few days following the interview.

Another wonderfully touching and deeply poignant read on death and grief is C.S. Lewis’ essay questioning our post-death existence. Equally enlightening is psychiatrist Irvin Yalom’s close examination of the human death anxiety, and how to unbridle ourselves from its grasp.