Most widely held works about Alberto Manguel
Most widely held works by Alberto Manguel
The dictionary of imaginary places by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
51 editions published between 1980 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,930 libraries worldwide
"From Atlantis to Xanadu, this Baedeker of make-believe takes readers on a tour of more than 1,200 realms invented by storytellers from Homer's day to our own." "Most every fanciful world from books and film is included: Shangri-La and El Dorado are here, as is Utopia, Tolkien's Middle-earth, and Carroll's Wonderland, as well as the Beatles' Pepperland, the Marx Brothers' Freedonia, and a strange little town called Stepford. The history and behavior of the inhabitants of these lands are described in detail and supplemented by more than 220 maps and illustrations that depict the lay of the land in a host of elsewheres." "Now brought up-to-date with dozens of new entries for such places as Jurassic Park, Salman Rushdie's Sea of Stories, and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, this volume is even more comprehensive and entertaining."--BOOK JACKET.
A history of reading by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
67 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in 19 languages and held by 2,642 libraries worldwide
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 between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel lingers over.
The secret supper by Javier Sierra ( Book )
20 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 2,266 libraries worldwide
Sent to oversee the completion of Da Vinci's "The Last Supper," Dominican inquisitor Fray Agustin Leyre investigates the artist's omission of key elements and use of symbolic imagery, which suggests that there is a coded message in the painting.
The library at night by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
35 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in 9 languages and held by 1,353 libraries worldwide
Inspired by the process of creating a library for his home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, writer on books and reading, has taken up the subject of libraries. "Libraries have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember I've been seduced by their labyrinthine logic." In this personal, deliberately unsystematic, and wide-ranging book, he offers a meditation on the meaning of libraries. Manguel, a guide of irrepressible enthusiasm, conducts a unique library tour that extends from his childhood bookshelves to the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google. He ponders the personal libraries of Charles Dickens, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. He recounts stories of people who have struggled against tyranny to preserve freedom of thought, oral "memory libraries" kept alive by prisoners, libraries of banned books, and the library of books never written.--From publisher description.
Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey : a biography by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
23 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 950 libraries worldwide
Examines "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" from their origins, the colorful characters and events chronicling the Trojan War and its aftermath, and their legacy for Western culture.
Other fires : short fiction by Latin American women ( Book )
9 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 827 libraries worldwide
A reading diary by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
50 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 7 languages and held by 782 libraries worldwide
"While traveling in Canada, Alberto Manguel was struck by how the novel he was reading (Goethe's Elective Affinities) seemed to mirror the social chaos of the world he was living in. An article in the daily paper would be suddenly illuminated by a passage in the novel; a long meditation would be prompted by a single word. He decided to keep a record of these moments, rereading a book a month and forming A Reading Diary: a volume of notes, reflections, and impressions of travel, of friends, of events public and private, all elicited by his reading." "From Don Quixote (August) to The Island of Dr. Moreau (February) to Kim (April), Manguel leads us on an enthralling adventure in literature and life, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is utterly inextricable from the other."--BOOK JACKET.
Into the looking-glass wood : essays on books, reading, and the world by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
21 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 768 libraries worldwide
Alberto Manguel has enchanted hundreds of thousands of readers with his bestselling books, including The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Now he has assembled a personal collection of his own essays that will enchant anyone interested in reading, writing, or the world. Through personal stories and literary reflections, in a style rich in humor and gentle scholarship, Manguel leads his readers to reflect on the links that bind the physical world to our language that describes it. The span of his attention in these twenty-three essays is enthralling: from "Who Am I?, " in which he recounts the first adventures of childhood reading, to "Borges in Love, " a memoir of the great blind writer's passions; from his first encounters with the evils of prejudice to a meditation on the death of Che Guevara; from a tour of his library to evocations of such of his favorite writers as Cortazar and Chesterton. A voyage deep into the subversive heart of words, Into the Looking-Glass Wood is fired by the author's humanity, insatiable curiosity, and steadfast belief in the essential power, mystery, and delight of the written word.
Reading pictures : a history of love and hate by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and Portuguese and held by 705 libraries worldwide
"We say that every picture tells us a story--but does it really? Can we read a painting the way that we read a book? Is there a vocabulary we can learn that will help tease out its meaning? In 'Reading Pictures', Alberto Manguel ... offers a spirited, endlessly entertaining meditation on the questions we ask ourselves when we stand in front of a work of art." "Manguel coaxes the reader to look at art not from the perspective of a critic but as a curious student of life. Taking a handful of great works of art-- photographs, paintings, buildings, sculptures-- he explores, with delight and erudition, how each one attempts to tell a story that we, the viewer, must either decipher or invent. Whether delving into Picasso's treatment of his mistresses, and its impact on his painting, revisiting the riddles of the past in the paintings of Caravaggio and Robert Campin, or decrypting the fearful dreamscapes of Marianna Gartner and the ghoulish portraits of Lavinia Fontana, he invites us to explore, interrogate, and revel in what we see." -- Book Jacket
The anatomist by Federico Andahazi ( Book )
10 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 648 libraries worldwide
After testing scores of prostitutes, Mateo Colombo, a 16th century Italian physician, finally discovers the organ governing woman's love--the clitoris. But the publication of his discovery attracts the attention of the Inquisition, Colombo is thrown in jail for heresy and must find a way to clear his name.
A reader on reading by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 635 libraries worldwide
"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 of A 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." -- Publisher description.
Stevenson under the palm trees by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
23 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 6 languages and held by 611 libraries worldwide
Casting Robert Louis Stevenson as his protagonist, Alberto Manguel, author of the international best-selling A History of Reading, spins an intoxicating murder mystery in the South Pacific that echoes Joseph Conrad and A. S. Byatt. Robert Louis Stevenson has become accustomed to the intense colors and severe humidity of Samoa, as well as the uninhibited earthiness of its people. Yet his thoughts turn nostalgically back to his native Edinburgh after a chance encounter with the newly arrived Scots missionary, Mr. Baker. The stark contrast between Stevenson's restrained past and the fecund sensuality of the island becomes a pivot point in Stevenson's consciousness. Everything sours, though, when a young Samoan woman for whom Stevenson privately pined is raped and murdered. The mysterious Mr. Baker presents himself at the center of the investigation as Stevenson suddenly becomes suspicious to his once-admiring islanders. With a playful nod to Stevenson's life and magnificent fictions, Alberto Manguel has weaved together a compelling tale among the palm trees of the South Pacific.
A blue tale and other stories by Marguerite Yourcenar ( Book )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 523 libraries worldwide
Three short stories by a Belgian writer (1903-1987), written in her youth. The title story is on Greek treasure hunters who kidnap a deaf-mute girl to lead them to a cave of sapphires and are punished for it, while The Evil Spell is on sorcery in an Italian village.
Black water : the book of fantastic literature ( Book )
7 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in English and held by 482 libraries worldwide
News from a foreign country came by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
19 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 445 libraries worldwide
Analyse : Roman historique.
By the light of the glow-worm lamp : three centuries of reflections on nature ( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 352 libraries worldwide
Ports of call by Amin Maalouf ( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and held by 347 libraries worldwide
A Jewish woman and a Muslim man are brought together in World War II France by their work in the Resistance. After the war they marry and return to the Middle East, only to be separated by the Arab-Israeli War. By a Lebanese writer, author of Rock of Tanios.
The city of words by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
22 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 318 libraries worldwide
"In the 2007 CBC Massey Lectures, author Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at the rise of violent intolerance in our societies. Many of us agree that the end of ethnic nationalism is a good idea. We strive to build societies that promote civic nationalism, with sets of values all citizens can agree on. But something has gone wrong: race riots in France, political murder in the Netherlands, bombings in Britain - are these symptoms of a multicultural experiment gone awry? Why is it so difficult for us to live together when the alternatives are demonstrably horrifying?" "Alberto Manguel suggests a fresh approach: We should look at what visionaries, poets, novelists, essayists, and filmmakers have to say about building societies. Perhaps the stories we tell hold secret keys to the human heart. From Cassandra to Jack London, the Epic of Gilgamesh to the computer Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Don Quixote to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Manguel draws fascinating and revelatory parallels between the personal and political realities of our present-day word and those of myth, legend, and story."--BOOK JACKET.
Mothers & daughters : an anthology ( Book )
2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 304 libraries worldwide
Bride of Frankenstein by Alberto Manguel ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 301 libraries worldwide
Anatomists Argentina--Buenos Aires Art appreciation Audiobooks Authors, Argentine Best books Biography Books and reading Borges, Jorge Luis,--1899-1986 Criticism, interpretation, etc. Diaries Dictionaries Epic poetry, Greek Fantasy fiction Fiction Friendship Geographical myths History Homosexuality Iliad (Homer) Imaginary places Intellectual life Israel Italy--Venice Large type books Last Supper (Leonardo, da Vinci) Latin American fiction Latin American fiction--Women authors Lebanon--Beirut Libraries Libraries and society Literature Literature and society Manguel, Alberto Muslims Natural history Nature Odysseus (Greek mythology) Odyssey (Homer) Poetry Prostitutes Reading Renaissance Samoan Islands Short stories Stevenson, Robert Louis,--1850-1894 Translations Trojan War Visual perception Yourcenar, Marguerite
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