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Alberto Manguel

Argentina (b.1948)

Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires in 1948, and educated there. He has an international reputation as a polyglot anthopologist, translator and editor of great gifts ('both enthusiastic and meticulous... with a brilliant strong natural taste', 'Guardian'). His works in English include 'Black Water: the Flamingo Anthology of Fantastic Literature' and (with Craig Stephenson) 'In Another Part of the Forest: the Flamingo Anthology of Gay Literature'. His highly acclaimed novel, 'News from a Foreign Country Came', won the McKitterick Prize in 1992.
Alberto Manguel recommends
The Facts Behind Helsinki Roccamatios (1991)
Yann Martel
"Those who would believe that the art of fiction is moribund--let them read Yann Martel with astonishment, delight and gratitude."
Soldiers of Salamis (2003)
Javier Cercas
"Ceras has succeeded, with one perfectly crafted book, in single-handedly redeeming the epic genre."
What Casanova Told Me (2004)
Susan Swan
"Susan Swan has given us a great romantic novel. What Casanova Told Me is a graceful and literate meditation on the uneasy relationship between the New World and the Old, on the gossip of history, and on the nature of love."
Mirrors (2009)
Eduardo Galeano
"Heroes rub shoulders with villains and apes in Eduardo Galeano's magical history of mankind."
The Road to Wanting (2010)
Wendy Law-Yone
"A hauntingly beautiful book."

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