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Jorge Luis Borges House | Palermo

In the house of Palermo, Borges lived since he was 2 until he was 15, before emigrationg to Europe with his family Borges was inspired by the memories of his childhood house in Palermo to write many of his poems

This is the exact location where the writer lived between the ages of two and fifteen (1901-1914). It also kept the famous Borges’s Library, which belonged to his father and is present all through his work. The family left for Europe in 1914, and came back in 1920. Those years had been enough for Buenos Aires to change and to look completely different from the city Borges had left in 1914. Due to said fact, his productions during the 20s are based on picturing the city that had dramatically changed. Some of his poems aim at rescuing the places that are still standing. And it is in Palermo where he could still find the “old” Buenos Aires that downtown had stopped being, and where traditions prevailed. For this, he is sometimes attributed the name “Palermo Viejo” (Old Palermo). He vindicated many places, characters and features in a large number of poems that are staged here, so often his source of inspiration. There is one that mythically founds Buenos Aires, under that name (“Fundación Mítica de Buenos Aires”), that takes place in the corner of his home, the intersection of Serrano (now Borges) and Guatemala streets. The original two-level home was turned into a modern family residence, but is remembered in a plaque as a testimony of his life in this place.


Jorge Luis Borges 2135 - Palermo




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