Alberto Manguel: "The unpacking of books, perhaps because it is essentially chaotic, is a creative act, and as in every creative act, the materials employed lose in the process their individual nature: they become part of something different, something that encompasses and at the same time transforms them."
“Many times, I’ve found that a book I once held in my hands becomes another when assigned its position in my library.” In The Paris Review, an excerpt on the art of packing (and unpacking) a library from Alberto Manguel‘s upcoming book, Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions. Show More Summary
- From the Globe and Mail, a profile of Alberto Manguel in his new role as director of Argentina's national library.- An 800-word Harry Potter prequel written by J. K. Rowling and sold for charity in 2008 was stolen from Birmingham last...Show More Summary
The Library at Night-author Alberto Manguel has followed in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges, taking up -- not uncontroversially -- the position of director of the National Library of Argentina -- and in The Globe and Mail Stephanie...Show More Summary
In October 2015, Alberto Manguel wrote a fascinating editorial in The New York Times arguing for “reinventing the library.” Among those of us in the profession, and especially those of us who have passionately embraced and argued for...Show More Summary
A few things I’ve been recently enjoying, or have been recently released, that I think you all should read. Caught, Back, and Loving by Henry Green. Although Green has been around for a while, he’s criminally under-read and hard to get a hold of, so NYRB Classics is reissuing everything of his, starting with these Continue Reading
At Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec, in Montreal, Canada, the Alberto Manguel/ Robert Lepage collaboration “La bibliotheque, la nuit,” a virtual reality exhibition of the interiors of libraries, is on display. “The experience...Show More Summary
Wow, aside from all the conferences this felt at first like it was a somewhat quiet week, but when I started putting this together I realized just how wrong that impression was!- Missed this announcement in December: Alberto ManguelShow More Summary
Topic: Libraries Op-ed by Alberto Manguel Excerpt: Plato, in the “Timaeus,” says that when one of the wisest men of Greece, the statesman Solon, visited Egypt, he was told by an old priest that the Greeks were like mere children because...Show More Summary
On the topic of reading classics: Alberto Manguel at the New York Review of Books considers the dialogue across history that books afford. “The relationship between a reader and a book… eliminates the barriers of time and space, like ‘conversations with the dead.’”
At Tablet Mark Oppenheimer profiles Alberto Manguel and the Library of Babel at considerable length. Quite a few Manguel titles are under review at the complete review : All Men are Liars Into the Looking-Glass Wood The Library at Night A Reading Diary Stevenson under the Palm Trees With Borges
Newly-arrived:- All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel (Riverhead Trade, 2012). Amazon.- The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter (Knopf, 2012). Amazon.- The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Harper, 2012). Amazon.- The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death by Jill Lepore (Knopf, 2012). Show More Summary
If novels are written to remind us of our mistakes and we keep repeating those mistakes, why read novels at all?, asks Alberto Manguel. Richard Lea discusses authors’ views on the relationship between the novel and memory at The International Forum on the Novel. No related posts. No related posts.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Alberto Manguel's All Men are Liars, now also out in a US edition. Having just reviewed Enrique Vila-Matas' Dublinesque, I was amused to find a small Vila-Matas cameo in this book (which also features a narrator named 'Alberto Manguel').....
This Guardian review by Alberto Manguel makes Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier sound like something I'd enjoy:Throughout the days preceding the conference, Perlmann has with him a paper by a Russian linguistic, Vassily Leskov, on how memory is informed by language. Show More Summary
Alberto Manguel’s Odd Bolano Pan Writer Alberto Manguel is certainly a critic to be taken seriously. In reader-unfriendly times he has stuck up for reading as an indispensable act of pleasure. He has also written well about Spanish-language...Show More Summary
In Sunday's Zaman Can Bahadir Yuce interviews: Argentinean writer Manguel: Our intelligence is being threatened.
Alberto Manguel's latest book is The Library at Night (published in the U.S. by Yale, 2008). The book emerged, he writes, out of his quest to discover why, in the face of the knowledge that all our human efforts to "lend the world a semblance of sense and order... Show More Summary
I’m jealous of Alberto Manguel’s 30,000 volume library. I have dozens of very bad books that I don’t throw away in case I ever need an example of a book I think is bad. The only book I ever banished from my library was Bret Easton Ellis’s “American Psycho,” which I felt infected the shelves with [...]