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- Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 19.95
The must-have literary book of the season! Over the course of a year, the bestselling author of A History of Reading spends a month with each of his 12 favourite books, allowing us to observe both the heart of the reading experience and how life around us can be illuminated by what we read. From June 2002 to may 2003, Alberto Manguel set out to... more...
- Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 19.95
By the award-winning author of A History of Reading "For me, words on a page give the world coherence--Words tell us what we, as a society, believe the world to be--I believe there is an ethic of reading--a commitment that is both political and private in the act of turning the pages. And I believe that sometimes, beyond the author's intentions and... more...
- Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 22.95
In the tradition of A History of Reading , this book is an account of Manguel?s astonishment at the variety, beauty and persistence of our efforts to shape the world and our lives, most notably through something almost as old as reading itself: libraries. The Library at Night begins with the design and construction of Alberto Manguel?s own library... more...
- House of Anansi Press 2011; US$ 15.95
In the 2007 CBC Massey Lectures, Alberto Manguel leads us back into our literary tradition to find insight about one of the most contentious issues of our time: the rise of ethnic nationalism. The end of ethnic nationalism -- building societies around sets of common values -- seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. Manguel suggests... more...
- Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 12.99
In this gorgeously imagined novel, a journalist interviews those who knew?or thought they knew?Alejandro Bevilacqua, a brilliant, infuriatingly elusive South American writer and author of the masterpiece, In Praise of Lying . But the accounts of those in his circle of friends, lovers, and enemies become increasingly contradictory, murky, and suspect.... more...
- Canongate Books 2009; US$ 9.99
In the lush, uninhibited atmosphere of Samoa, Robert Louis Stevenson is languishing with the disease that will soon kill him; when a chance encounter with the mysterious Scottish missionary, Mr Baker, turns his thoughts back to his conservative, post-Reformation Edinburgh home. As Stevenson's meetings with the tantalizingly nebulous missionary become... more...
- Knopf Canada 2012; US$ 24.00
In this marvelous book, acclaimed around the world, Alberto Manguel takes us on a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a reader of books. A History of Reading is a brilliant reminder of why we cherish the act of reading?despite distractions throughout the ages, from the Inquisition to the lures of cyberspace. He shows us what happens when... more...
- Atlantic Books Ltd 2013; US$ 10.19
The stories of the Trojan war and Helen of Troy, Patroclus and Achilles, the Sirens and the Cyclops are embedded in western culture, yet readers often fail to recognise that they were made famous by two epic poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey , and one blind poet: Homer. Alberto Manguel begins his book with the poems' inception in ancient Greece... more...
- Canongate Books 2014; US$ 12.49
While travelling in Calgary, Alberto Manguel was struck by how the novel he was reading seemed to reflect the world he was living in. An article in the daily paper would be suddenly illuminated by a passage in the novel; a long reflection would be prompted by a single word. He decided to keep a record of these moments, rereading a book a month, and... more...
- Penguin Group US 1997; US$ 17.99
At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book ? that string of confused, alien ciphers ? shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation... more...