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Alberto Manguel

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Alberto Manguel is the award-winning author of hundreds of works, including Curiosity, All Men Are Liars, and A History of Reading. Read more of his work at alberto.manguel.com.

“I think of my public speeches as the shy man’s revenge.” more

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"Sometimes, in politics or history, certain words, certain names are sufficient unto themselves: it is as if there were names that once pronounced require no further telling." more

Columns

Alberto Manguel examines the rich symbology of the fist, a primal symbol of rebellion and grief, across cultures and history. more

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We believe in monsters, but do we want to take responsibility for them? more

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"A library is never finished, only abandoned." Alberto Manguel on incompletion, voluntary interruption and the pleasure of the day before. more

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Alberto Manguel's column from Geist 93 about how the most important Turkish novelist of modern times took over fifty years to reach English-speaking audiences. more

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An appreciation of Dante's "Commedia." more

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The author, age fifteen, Patagonia

What does it mean to "be" yourself? The face reflected in the mirror is unrecognizable. more

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There are imaginary cities for scientists, vampires, lechers and even bad students—but what about writers? more

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Paul Joseph

A reflection on the complex and often inexplicable process of bibliographic categorizations. more

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A writer whose work is among the most important contributions to the literature of the Holocaust is forgotten by almost all. more

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I’ve now read Comment parler des livres que l’on n’a pas lus? and I’m happy to say that I was right. more

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In the world between here and there, what place does one call home? more

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Photo: Hobvias Sudoneighm

"Since the beginning of time (the telling of which is also a story), we have known that words are dangerous creatures." more

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Tower of Babel (1563) by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530-1569)

Alberto Manguel reflects on art as a witness to the human desire to be infinite and eternal. more

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Photo by Alfred Cheney Johnston

How much does a photograph really capture the essence of a person? more

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Compared to today's vile heros, Ned Kelly-the Australian outlaw who wrote the angry, articulate Jerilderie letter in 1879-seems as innocent as an ogre-slaughtering hero of fairy tales. more

Essays

Alberto Manguel compares his life in the French countryside to that of Cain, whom God despised for being a settled crop farmer, and whom he punished by forcing him to wander. more

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Alberto Manguel examines a modern-day book burning and asks: how is this still happening? more

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What can the Brothers Grimm teach us about the state of our economic system? Everything. more

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