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    DescriptionIn 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 roof and board in our passage.


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    Title
    A Reader on Reading
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alberto Manguel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300159820
    ISBN 10: 030015982X
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSB
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    DC22: 028.9
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 94
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T General Subject: 495
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A28400000
    DC22: 028/.9
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: Z1003 .M2925 2010
    Thema V1.0: DNL, DSB
    Illustrations note
    12 black-&-white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    30 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, Alberto Manguel is the best-selling author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places, A History of Reading, With Borges, and Reading Pictures (Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction). He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Canada in 1982, and now lives in France, where he was named an Officer of the Order for Arts and Letters. His most recent book is The Library at Night, also published by Yale University Press.
    Review quote
    "For those of us who are serious about books and literature, reading amounts to an almost sacred act. Many famous authors have extolled the pleasures of the printed page, of course, but to my mind none in recent years has done it so expertly or eloquently as Alberto Manguel. Happily, a collection of his best literary meditations is now on offer, "A Reader on Reading", and it is a must for book lovers."--;i>Mobile Press-Register"""--John Sledge"Mobile Press-Register" (03/28/2010)