Continuing the tradition of celebrating birthdays, festivals and other occasions, Google today are celebrating the 112th birthday of the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, by creating a doodle, which is inspired by his writings.
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo, born on August 24, 1899 to a respected family, was inspired by literature by the books in his father’s library. He was not only a renowned writer, but also a great essayist, poet and translator.
After moving with his family to Switzerland in 1914, Borges continued his education, after which he returned to Argentina in 1921 and began publishing his work in surrealist literacy journals. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer.
The most famous books, Ficciones (1944) and The Aleph (1949), are compilations of short stories, and are mostly interconnected by common themes such as dreams, labyrinths, libraries, animals, fictional writers, religion and God. He was awarded the first International Publishers’ Prize for the Prix Formentor, in 1961.
Borges was awarded the National Prize for Literature from the University of Cuyo, and the first of many honorary doctorates. However, Borges was one among several other eminent authors who never received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Borges commented “Not granting me the Nobel Prize has become a Scandinavian tradition; since I was born they have not been granting it to me.”
Today’s Google doodle draws heavily from Borges work. It depicts the different architecture, buildings and the great man himself. The doodle has been designed to mimic the outline of the letters which make up the traditional Google logo. Clicking on the doodle will take you to a search results page for Borges.