• Imaginal Landscapes

    Reflections on the Mystical Visions of Jorge Luis Borges and Emanuel Swedenborg

    By William Rowlandson
    With a foreword by Gary Lachman

    William Rowlandson offers a brief but deep-reaching study of Argentine short story writer Jorge Luis Borges’s appreciation of Emanuel Swedenborg, demonstrating the fascinating influence of the Swedish visionary on Borges’s writing. Read more

    Hardcover, 78 pages


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In 1978, the great Argentine short story writer Jorge Luis Borges described Emanuel Swedenborg as the most extraordinary man in recorded history. In Imaginal Landscapes, William Rowlandson offers a brief but deep-reaching study of this often-unknown appreciation, showing how the Swedish visionary’s influence has gone a long way to explain Borges’s preoccupations with parallel existences, the infinite, and the mystery of language. Delightfully written and steeped in a wonderful sense of curiosity, Imaginal Landscapes cements Rowlandson’s position as one of the UK’s leading scholars on Borges, and it raises important questions about the criteria we often use to assess the lives and works of those thinkers and writers who have come to be labeled as mystics.

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