With Borges

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Thomas Allen Publishers, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 106 pages
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During the 1960's, Alberto Manguel, then a teenager, worked after school at a bookstore in Buenos Aires. One day, the legendary Jorge Luis Borges, who would come into the store after work, asked the young man if he would mind coming to his apartment to read to him in the evenings. Borges, a giant of modern literature, had gradually become blind and could no longer read his beloved books.For several years, Manguel spent many evenings reading to the master of fiction he had studied at school. He witnessed the blind Borges' extraordinary ability to pick out from the shelf titles he knew he would enjoy simply by running his fingers along the spines of the books. He discovered Borges' fondness for Sherlock Holmes, watched gangster movies starring James Cagney, and sat through "West Side Story" with him. But even as he visited Borges in his dark, comfortable apartment, reading out loud and talking about books, we glimpse the inner world of a literary legend. Illustrated by rare photos of Borges by Argentinian Sara Facio, this book is a remarkable window into the private life of one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century.

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About the author (2004)

Alberto Manguel is a writer, novelist, and translator acclaimed for his award-winning books. He is the author of "A History of Reading", an international bestseller translated into thirty-two languages, chosen as one of the best books of the year by "The Times Literary Supplement", and winner of France's Prix Medicis. Manguel's "Reading Pictures" was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction. His most recent work, the novella "Stevenson Under the Palm Trees", has been hailed as a masterpiece. Manguel was born in Buenos Aires, has lived in Italy, England, and Tahiti, and is a Canadian citizen.

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