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Borges and the European Avant-garde

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Linda S. Maier

This study examines Borges' association with the European avant-garde during the late 1910s and early 1920s. It explores the Argentine author's literary origins under the tutelage of the avant-garde, his earliest publications in Spanish journals, and his decisive role in the Ultraist movement, whose ideas shaped his early career and channelled his subsequent literary development. Maier's analysis and interpretation of these early texts document Borges' career as an avant-garde theorist and poet. This book explains the pertinence of Borges' literary apprenticeship to his later works and establishes the basic unity of his writing.