“The Oldest of Nations is Also the Youngest”: Jorge Luis Borges on Israel and Judaism

Exploring the great Argentinian writer’s unusual fascination with Judaism and enthusiasm for the Jewish state.

Jorge Luis Borges. Raul Urbina/Cover/Getty Images.

Jorge Luis Borges. Raul Urbina/Cover/Getty Images.

Observation
May 31 2019
About the author

Sarah Rindner teaches English literature at Lander College in New York and blogs at Book of Books.


This month, a new Spanish volume was published about Jorge Luis Borges’s relationship to Judaism—timed to be released 50 years after his first visit to Israel at the personal invitation of David Ben-Gurion. The book, titled Borges, Judaísmo e Israel, explores the great Argentinian writer’s various Jewish connections.

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