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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
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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."
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Soldiers of Salamis (2003)
Javier Cercas
"Ceras has succeeded, with one perfectly crafted book, in single-handedly redeeming the epic genre."
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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."
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Mirrors (2009)
Eduardo Galeano
"Heroes rub shoulders with villains and apes in Eduardo Galeano's magical history of mankind."
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The Road to Wanting (2010)
Wendy Law-Yone
"A hauntingly beautiful book."

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