Symbolic 'Nobel of Literature' for Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges

The frustration of Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) and his admirers, for never having obtained the Nobel of Literature, has now ended

"Not being able under any pretext to allow the Prize to not be awarded this year because of the irresponsibility of the academics that preceded us, an International Committee of Writers (CIE) assumes the responsibility of delivering the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature to Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedro," read the poet and actor Esteban Feune de Colombi, disguised as a "Swedish academic."

The Argentine artist made the announcement Thursday evening during the inauguration of the International Literary Festival of Buenos Aires (FILBA), in response to the postponement of the award this year by the Swedish Academy following the sexual abuse scandal and the leakage of information, leading to the dismissal of seven members of the Committee and the need to restructure it.

"The important thing was the gesture, to be able to make this gesture", to attribute, even if symbolically, the Nobel of Literature to the author of Aleph, "and the challenge was to materialize it," said Feune de Colombi.

Composed by representatives of France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Egypt, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico and Venezuela, the CIE brought together ten members, including French art expert Catherine Millet, founder of Art Press, writer Irvine Welsh ("Trainspotting"), the Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater and the author of "Livrarias", Jorge Carrión, the Argentine Alberto Manguel ("Embalando a minha Biblioteca"), the winner of the Gouncourt Prize Mathias Énard ("Bússola"), Paulo Cuenca ("Descobri que estava morto"), the Mexican Cristina Rivera Garza ("Caminhar com Juan Rulfo") and the Venezuelan Leo Felipe Campos ("El Famoso Caso de las Cartas de Lucas Meneses").

In Portugal, Fnac's magazine Estante, in the face of the absence of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2018, also brought together a "literary committee," which decided to award the prize to the Spanish writer Javier Marías.