blind persons: Literary figures
(1987) Jorge L Borges (1899-1986)
Argentine writer, essayist, and short-story writer. His tales of fantsy and dreamworlds are classics
of the 20th century world literature. He became blind as a result of a hereditary condition which
he inherited from his father ( the cause is not known). The fragment of poem on the stamp is taken
from Poem of the Don and can be translated as ' I always imagined paradise to be a kind of library'.
He started to go blind at the age of 40 because of a hereditary retina condition which he inherited from
his father but the detail of this condition is not known.