Memoirs by Alberto Manguel, and a winner of the 2003 Prix du livre en Poitou-Charentes.
In 1964, in Buenos Aires, a blind writer in his sixties approached a sixteen-year-old bookstore clerk and asked if he would be interested in a part-time job reading aloud. The writer was Jorge Luis Borges, one of the world's finest literary minds; the boy was Alberto Manguel, who was later to become an internationally acclaimed author and bibliophile.
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Telegram, London, 2006
Manguel's reflections are part memoir, part biography, and all celebration of the living quality of literature. A moving portrait of an enigmatic genius, replete with deep insight into Borges and the writers he most admired.
'This delightful book provides readers a key to more than one secret room of Borges's magical worlds.'-Mahmoud Darwish
'Alberto Manguel is to reading what Casanova was to sex.'-Scotland on Sunday
'His stories about Borges . . . [are] wrapped in luminous poetry.'-The Toronto Star
Alberto Manguel is internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist and editor, and is the author of several award-winning books including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading.