Kafka, Borges and Joyce are the greatest writers of the XX century.
Prove me wrong.
Hmm, that might be true. I admit I kind of forgot about him. A whole century is a long time and the twentieth century had a lot of great authors.
even if no one was to tell you anything about Borges, you might as well try, considering that most of his stories are about 5 pages in length.
He's the progenitor of South American Magic Realism. I haven't read that much of the genre or of Borges besides Ficciones, so I can't explain with honest passion why you should read him, but I can say that you might as well try it.
He's the greatest thing ever duh. If I was 13 years old I'd tell you that his stories are mind fucks that will leave you with a great feeling and new ideas you'd never have.
I'm 26 years old and I can tell you that his stories have an incredible philosophic weight, are built under erudition and are incredibly entertaining, specially if you are into literature since most of his themes deal with what writting is really about.
When he's not dealing with literature or philosophy, his metaphores are beautifully crafted to the point where they become euphemism.
I mean, who the fuck would even dare to call Nobokov influential? Joyce, Borges and Kafka redefined literature around the world...
Faulkner was by no means that influential either.
Spew blanket statements all you want, it won't change the facts. The fact that you picked out Nabokov and Faulkner, each of whom has been more influential than Beckett and Robbe-Grillet, indicates that you don't really have any knowledge of literature. In fact, this is why I included Robbe-Grillet, who has actually been less influential than Borges, to see whether you knew anything or were just shilling Borges.
I'm not saying Absalom, Absalom! and The Sound and the Fury are the greatest books ever, but it doesn't get better than. I don't know if anybody with half a brain would claim he isn't influential, even if they don't care for him.