A Reader on Reading

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-28
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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In this major collection of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has called "the Casanova of reading," argues that the activity of reading, in its broadest sense, defines our species. "We come into the world intent on finding narrative in everything," writes Manguel, "landscape, the skies, the faces of others, the images and words that our species create." Reading our own lives and those of others, reading the societies we live in and those that lie beyond our borders, reading the worlds that lie between the covers of a book are the essence ofA Reader on Reading. The thirty-nine essays in this volume explore the crafts of reading and writing, the identity granted to us by literature, the far-reaching shadow of Jorge Luis Borges, to whom Manguel read as a young man, and the links between politics and books and between books and our bodies. The powers of censorship and intellectual curiosity, the art of translation, and those "numinous memory palaces we call libraries," also figure in this remarkable collection. For Manguel and his readers, words, in spite of everything, lend coherence to the world and offer us "a few safe places, as real as paper and as bracing as ink," to grant us room and board in our passage.

Author Biography

Alberto Manguel is one of the world's great readers. He is a member of PEN, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Prix Médicis in essays for A History of Reading, and the McKitterick Prize for his novel News from a Foreign Country Came. Among his most recent books is The Library at Night, also published by Yale University Press. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Who Am I?
A Reader in the Looking-Glass Woodp. 3
Room for the Shadowp. 11
On Being Jewishp. 22
Meanwhile, in Another Part of the Forestp. 26
The Further off from Englandp. 37
Homage to Proteusp. 42
The Lesson Of The Master
Borges in Lovep. 47
Borges and the Longed-For Jewp. 62
Faking Itp. 66
The Death of Che Guevarap. 79
The Blind Bookkeeperp. 86
The Perseverance of Truthp. 95
AIDS and the Poetp. 104
The Full Stopp. 115
In Praise of Wordsp. 117
A Brief History of the Pagep. 120
The Voice That Says "I"p. 128
Final Answersp. 137
What Song the Sirens Sangp. 141
The Ideal Reader
NotesTowards a Definition of the Ideal Readerp. 151
How Pinocchio Learned to Readp. 155
Candide in Sanssoucip. 164
The Gates of Paradisep. 172
Time and the Doleful Knightp. 182
Saint Augustine's Computerp. 187
Books As Business
Reading White for Blackp. 201
The Secret Sharerp. 207
Honoring Enoch Soamesp. 214
Jonah and the Whalep. 218
The Legend of the Dodosp. 227
Crime And Punishment
In Memoriamp. 231
God's Spiesp. 237
Once Again, Troyp. 248
Art and Blasphemyp. 251
At the Mad Hatter's Tablep. 254
The Numinous Library
Notes Towards a Definition of the Ideal Libraryp. 267
The Library of the Wandering Jewp. 270
The Library as Homep. 278
The End of Readingp. 282
Sourcesp. 293
Indexp. 297
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