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Published: February 16, 2012

Jorge J.E. Gracia, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Chair in the departments of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, has published “Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature” (SUNY Press, February 2012).

In the book, Gracia explores the artistic interpretation of fiction from a philosophical perspective. Focusing on the work of Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most celebrated literary figures of Latin America, Gracia offers original interpretations of 12 of Borges’s most famous stories about identity and memory, freedom and destiny, and faith and divinity. He also examines 24 artistic interpretations of these stories—two for each—by such contemporary Argentinean and Cuban artists as Carlos Estévez, León Ferrari, Mirta Kupferminc, Nicolás Menza and Estela Pereda.