Google Doodle Celebrates the Birthday of Jorge Luis Borges

Today’s doodle on Google’s homepage is a nod to Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, who was born on August 24, 1899, meaning today would be his 112th birthday.

Borges is known as one of the most prominent figures in the magic realism literary genre, and his two most famous books, Ficciones and The Aleph — both collections of short stories – still confound and amaze readers all around the world.

He was also known for writing reviews of nonexistant works by other writers as well as literary forgeries, which contributed to the air of mystery which surrounded the author throughout his lifetime.

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Although many supporters claimed he deserved one, Borges never received a Nobel Prize for literature. “Not granting me the Nobel Prize has become a Scandinavian tradition; since I was born they have not been granting it to me,” he famously commented.

Today’s Google doodle depicts Borges overlooking a complex imaginary world much like the one from his poems and stories. Among other doodles, which Google has been releasing very often in the last couple of years, it stands out as being one of the most difficult to read.

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