Where Pynchon meets Borges

Yesterday I stumbled upon some trivia the Maud household’s resident Pynchon expert (and fellow Borges fan) didn’t know. I thought I’d pass it along for the benefit of anybody else whose other car is a Pynchon novel.

When on page 263 of his now classic 1973 novel Gravity’s Rainbow Thomas Pynchon tells us that Rivadavia Street is “where the true South begins,” the sly American is sampling Jorge Luis Borges’ personal-favorite story, El Sur. He continues for a few paragraphs, word for word, before returning to his own text.

So begins Enrique Fernandez’s Borges homage, which appeared in the weekend’s Miami Herald and notes the passing of the 20th anniversary of the Argentine writer’s death.


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