Oh, Melvyn. You spoil us with your radio programmes.
Regular readers of his blog (hi, Dad) will know that I hold Bragg’s In Our Time programme in the highest of teeteringly-high regards (with a cherry on top), and I am pleased to report that Lord Bragg of Wigton has done it again with this week’s episode on the Argentine poet, essayist, reviewer and novelist Jorge Luis Borges.
Borges is often cited as the inspiration for several of our most regarded writers (David Mitchell, for example), and his name has been niggling me for years and I haven’t yet read a word of his work. But Bragg has done his work, and I’m keen to seek out some of his stuff.
Sadly — because my local Waterstone’s branch is incapable of placing books where one might expect to actually find them — I’ll have to bone up on the pronunciation of Borges’s name, which, like the General Theory of Relativity, I can only seem to remember in the hour after it was explained.