All Men Are Liars

Alberto Manguel

NOVEL. RBA, 2008. 204 PAGES

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 living for three decades in a society that resembles a masked ball, the supposed witnesses – an Argentinean intellectual, a former Spanish lover, an enigmatic Cuban, and voice that speaks from beyond the grave – are unable to recognize their own faces in this marvelous play of errors and deceptions.

"Alberto Manguel is very well know for the quality of his essays

and his non-fiction, but his fiction is, if possible, even better." 

NRC HANDELSBLAD

 

"If Paul Auster wore a friendly beard and had more of a Latin

temperament, he might produce something like this richly hued,

melancholy and funny puzzle of a novel."

THE GUARDIAN  

 

"All Men are Liars is a remarkable novel - richly textured,

ingeniously constructed and deeply unsettling."

THE SPECTATOR  

 

"A meticulously constructed and brilliantly executed discourse

on the nature of truth and writing... Manguel has managed to create a work

that is expertly weighted: at once Latin American

in spirit and yet universal in its reach."

THE LITERARY REVIEW

 

"Like Don Quixote before him, he has left his heroes in the library

and set off to join their ranks. Alberto Manguel,

the great reader, has become a novelist."

 Andrew Palmer, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPLEMENT

 

"Clever, witty and entertaining, and very timely in a society

increasingly accustomed to living in a blizzard of lies."

THE TIMES

 

"Alberto Manguel's new novel: time of the generals

in Argentina. Devious, smart, yikes!"

MARGARET ATWOOD

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