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The Library at Night


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ISBN13: 9780300151305
ISBN10: 0300151306
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Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and reading, has taken up the subject of libraries. “Libraries,” he says, “have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember Ive been seduced by their labyrinthine logic.” In this personal, deliberately unsystematic, and wide-ranging book, he offers a captivating meditation on the meaning of libraries.


Manguel, a guide of irrepressible enthusiasm, conducts a unique library tour that extends from his childhood bookshelves to the “complete” libraries of the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google. He ponders the doomed library of Alexandria as well as the personal libraries of Charles Dickens, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. He recounts stories of people who have struggled against tyranny to preserve freedom of thought—the Polish librarian who smuggled books to safety as the Nazis began their destruction of Jewish libraries; the Afghani bookseller who kept his store open through decades of unrest. Oral “memory libraries” kept alive by prisoners, libraries of banned books, the imaginary library of Count Dracula, the library of books never written—Manguel illuminates the mysteries of libraries as no other writer could. With scores of wonderful images throughout, The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through Manguels mind, memory, and vast knowledge of books and civilizations.

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Alberto Manguel is an internationally acclaimed anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, and the author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading.

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melissarochell, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by melissarochell)
Impacted with the most delightful of thoughts and information, every time I'd thought that I'd read the best of it, Manguel would surprise me with something even better. His passion for books is inarguable. His unique, insightful views are perfectly interwoven with intriguing historical references. With each element strengthening the last, I couldn't help but smile as I read this.
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Manguel, Alberto
Yale University Press
Books & Reading
Regional, Ethnic, Genre, Specific Subject
World - General
Books and reading -- History.
Literary Criticism : General
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76 b/w illus.
9 x 5.5 x 1 in 1.1 lb

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