alberto manguel

ALBERTO MANGUEL (ARGENTINA/CANADA), born in Buenos Aires in 1948, grew up in Tel-Aviv and lived in Italy, France, Tahiti and Canada. From 1964 to 1968, while working at the Pygmalion bookshop in Buenos Aires, he was asked by the blind Jorge Luis Borges to read aloud to him at his home. Years later he portrayed the enigmatic genius in With Borges (2004) winning the Prix du livre en Poitou-Charentes. In 1969, Manguel left Argentina for Europe, where he worked as a reader, translator and editor for various publishing companies. He is the author of numerous non-fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (a catalogue of fantasy settings from world literature, co-written with Gianni Guadalupi in 1980), A History of Reading (1996), The Library at Night (2007), Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography (2008), and many others. Alberto Manguel is also the author of five novels: News From a Foreign Country Came (1991), Stevenson Under the Palm Trees (2003), The Overdiscriminating Lover (2005) and Todos los hombres son mentirosos (2008) and a number of important literary anthologies, such as Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) and Bestiary (selected stories written by Julio Cortázar, 1998). In 1971, he won the La Nación Award for short stories, the first of the long list of awards and honors. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and honorary doctorates from the University of Liège and Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He is an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. After moving to Toronto, Alberto Manguel became a Canadian citizen and continued to identify his nationality as first and foremost Canadian.