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City of Words

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Ralf Roletschek © Ralf Roletschek

Airport security assures Alberto Manguel that he has been randomly picked. Read more

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To teach us how to read Don Quixote, a text so contrary to conventional literary tradition, the prologue itself needed to break from all traditions Read more

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We insist The Devil whispers horrible things in our ear and inspires our worst deeds. Read more

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Kafka’s writing allows us intuitions and half-dreams but never total comprehension. Read more

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The craft of untruth has been perfected. Read more

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The novelist can often better define reality than the historian. Read more

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"Authenticity is the essential quality of all travel literature, imaginary or real." Read 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." Read more

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

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

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An appreciation of Dante's "Commedia." Read 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. Read more

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

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Paul Joseph

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

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

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