Alberto Manguel

ARGENTINA-CANADA, 1948

FORMENTOR LITERATURE PRIZE 2017

ALFONSO REYES INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2017

He is an Argentine and Canadian citizen born in Buenos Aires who settled in France. He is a member of the Canadian Writers’ Union, PEN, and a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, and he has been named an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Liège in Belgium and the Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Prix Médicis essay prize (France) for A History of Reading, the McKitterick prize (England) for his novel News from a Foreign Country Came, and the Grinzane Cavour prize (Italy) for a A Reading Diary. He also won the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Prize (Spain) and the Prix Roger Caillois prize (France) for the ensemble of his work, which has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Alberto Manguel's Website.

"Manguel leaps across the traditional barriers between literature,

literary history and academia with a virtuosity that leaves the reader

breathless. He is the Montaigne of our time and for this latest work,

if they send a new robot to Mars, they ought to name it: ‘Manguel'."

John Sutherland

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By Alberto Manguel

  • Packing my library

    NON FICTION, 2017

    When early this century Alberto Manguel set up a library of 35,000 books in a former presbytery in a village in the Loire Valley, he thought that he'd found a home for his books, and himself,...

  • Curiosity

    NON FICTION, 2015

    Manguel writes about his new work, Curiosity: “Our education systems today refuse to acknowledge the second half of our quests. Interested in little else than material efficiency and...

  • The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm

    NON FICTION, 2013

    As far as one can tell, human beings are the only species for which the world seems made up of stories, Alberto Manguel writes. We read the book of the world in many guises: we may be travelers,...

  • Conversations with a Friend

    NON FICTION, 2011

    Reader, writer, anthologist and translator. Alberto Manguel lives among books. In these conversations with French editor Claude Rouquet, he goes through his experiences and talks about childhood,...

  • The City of Words

    NON FICTION, 2010

    Anyone who has lost their faith in the value of literature or doubts that classic fiction can help us to understand the contemporary world, must read this book. Beginning with the Nineveh tablets,...

  • A Reader on Reading

    NON FICTION, 2010

    In this major collection of his essays, Alberto Manguel argues that the activity of reading, in its broadest sense, defines our species. "We come into the world intent on finding narrative in...

  • All Men Are Liars

    NOVEL, 2008

    A French journalist is determined to clarify the inexplicable death of a brilliant South American writer, Alejandro Bevilacqua, in the still shady Madrid of the nineteen seventies. But after...

  • The Library at Night

    NON FICTION. 2006

    The Library at Night is Manguel’s most important book since A History of Reading . This time, Manguel attempts to answer the question: why do we believe that we can organize the universe?...

  • At the Mad Hatter's Table

    ESSAY, 2006

    The title of this book refers to the famous Erasmus essay. For him, madness, that “joyful aberration of the mind,” explained the many nonsensical activities in which humans get...

  • The Overdiscriminating Lover

    NOVEL, 2006

    A genius of erotic minimalism, Anatole Vasanpeine is a little-known (and imaginary) character from the early 20th century town of Poitiers. History remembers him for one extraordinary trait: his...

  • A Return

    NOVEL, 2006

    Every exile is offset by a return, or at least the possibility of a return. N.A. Fabris’s return to his home town brings him face to face with a reality that owes its existence to both...

  • With Borges

    NON FICTION , 2004

     “There is a vast group of people who once read out loud to Borges: little Boswells who are often unaware of the others but who collectively maintain the memory of one of the most lucid...

  • A Reading Diary

    NON FICTION, 2004

    While traveling in Calgary, Alberto Manguel was stuck by how the novel he was reading (Goethe's  Elective Affinities ) seemed to reflect the social chaos of the world in which he was linving....

  • Reading Pictures

    NON FICTION, 2000

    "After all, every picture is a history of love and hate when read from the appropriate angle", wrote Leopoldo Salas-Nicanor in 1731, and in this marvellously illuminating book Alberto Manguel sets...

  • Kipling

    NON FICTION, 1998

  • A History of Reading

    NON FICTION, 1996

    1998 PRIX MÉDICIS From clay tablets to CD-ROM, from book thieves to book burners, bibliophiles, book fools and saints, this discursive essay (with 140 illustrations) on the mysteries...

  • News from a foreign country came

    NOVEL, 1991

    This is a portrait of an apparently ordinary family and explores what is known, unknown and unknowable between close relatives. Set in Canada, in French colonial Algeria at the time of the...

  • The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

    NON FICTION, 1980

    In Ancient Times it seemed as though a whole universe stretched beyond the Pillars of Hercules, in which everything was possible, but today, when the last stretch of “terra incognita”...

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