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Missing Borges manuscripts found

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 18:00 IST
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Two missing handwritten manuscripts by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges have been found in the Harvard Square bookstore that owned them.

The short story manuscripts usually held in a safe at Lame Duck Books, were last seen on November 12 at an antiquarian book fair in Hamburg, Germany, where they were exhibited by store owner John W. Wronoski, Lame Duck employee Saul Roll told The Harvard Crimson. They had been presumed stolen.

"I am inordinately relieved," said Wronoski, who found the manuscripts yesterday afternoon, stuck behind a photograph "just by weird chance."

The manuscripts, Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote and The Library of Babel, were both first published in 1939 and have been in the Lame Duck collection for four years. They were listed in the store's catalogue at $450,000 (€341,504) and $500,000 (€euro379,449) respectively, according to Saul Roll, a long-time employee at the store, which sells rare books, art, and manuscripts.

Roll discovered that the manuscripts were missing on November 16 when he brought out the store's Borges collection to display during a reception. After failing to find the drafts during a search of the store, Roll and Wronoski filed a report on November 17 with Cambridge police and Interpol.

Borges, who died in 1986 at age 86, was a poet and essayist who also lived in Spain and Switzerland.

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