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In this document, a prologue of his book of poems, Fervor of Buenos Aires (1923), Jorge Luis Borges explains certain aspects of the works: due to the book’s title, the possible misinterpretation regarding the verse development; the theme which is being dealt; the actual “making” of these verses; the manner in which he has taken into consideration both language and metaphor.


Fervor of Buenos Aires (1923) is Jorge Luis Borges’ first published book and is considered a historical landmark of Argentina’s avant-garde, along with Oliverio Girondo’s Veinte poemas para ser leídos en el tranvía (1922) (Twenty poems to be read in a streetcar). Furthermore, it’s considered a major piece of writing among the author’s poetic works, since on the one hand, it displays a preference to a premodern urban landscape (that excludes the city of Buenos Aires, influenced by the immigratory process of the late 19th and early 20th century.); and on the other, the effort presented by the metaphor, a problem that captures Borges’ thoughts since the end of the first decade of the century. This prologue was excluded from the succeeding reeditions of Fervor of Buenos Aires.

Natalia Pineau.
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“A quien leyere” [Author's edition]. Buenos Aires, [1923]. Archive of Fundación Pan Klub - Museo Xul Solar, Buenos Aires. Copyright © 1995 by Maria Kodama, used with permission of the Wylie Agency LLC.
Fundación Pan Klub - Museo Xul Solar.