Spain and other Borges

The name Borges is synonymous with Spanish literature, with the Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges a famous and vital part of flourishing of Latin American literature in the Sixties and Seventies. Authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Carlos Fuentes were other major figures, and Borges became associated with (or at least regarded as a pre-cursor to) Magical Realism. This genre came about as a reaction against realism and naturalism that flourished in the Nineteenth Century, with a depiction of a recognisable reality where magic was simply an everyday fact, accompanied by mythic and fairy tale flourishes.

After World War One, Borges lived in Lugano, Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and Majorca. He became part of avant-garde literary movements and discovered writers such as Schopenhauer and Meyrink, and had his first poem published.

However, there’s another Borges associated with Spain who may have more impact on your day-to-day life: Borges Mediterranean Cuisine produce a range of olive oils, vinegars and sauces which can be found in British supermarkets. Based in Tarrega and founded in 1896, they export products to hundreds of countries, having started selling olives and almonds, who first industrialised in 1914 around the time Jorge Luis Borges was coming to the country. In different ways they were to have a longer lasting legacy than could have been imagined at the time, and in different ways they would go on to become household names.


Juan Piedra

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