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Alberto Manguel

Geburtstag: 1948

Alberto Adrián Manguel ist ein aus Argentinien stammender Schriftsteller, Literaturdozent, Übersetzer und Redakteur.

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„Hinter dem westlichen Konzept einer Idealstadt verbirgt sich die Idee der Privilegierung. Moreau hätte ihm ohne Zweifel zugestimmt.“ A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books

„Erinnerungen und Scheinerinnerungen. Ich glaube, mich genau an etwas zu erinnern. Eine Notiz auf dem Nachsatzpapier eines Buches, das ich durch Zufall aufschlage, beweist, dass ich mich irre. Die Sache ist irgendwo anders passiert, mit jemand anderem, zu einer anderen Zeit.“ A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books

„Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.“ A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books

„At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.“ A History of Reading

„Books may not change our suffering, books may not protect us from evil, books may not tell us what is good or what is beautiful, and they will certainly not shield us from the common fate of the grave. But books grant us myriad possibilities: the possibility of change, the possibility of illumination.“

„Each book was a world unto itself, and in it I took refuge.“ A History of Reading

„I wanted to live among books.“ A History of Reading

„In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories.“ The Library at Night

„In my fool hardy youth, when my friends were dreaming of heroic deeds in the realms of engineering and law, finance and national politics, I dreamt of becoming a librarian.“ The Library at Night

„We can imagine the books we'd like to read, even if they have not yet been written, and we can imagine libraries full of books we would like to possess, even if they are well beyond our reach, because we enjoy dreaming up a library that reflects every one of our interests and every one of our foibles--a library that, in its variety and complexity, fully reflects the reader we are.“

„Every reader exists to ensure for a certain book a modest immortality. Reading is, in this sense, a ritual of rebirth.“ The Library at Night

„I don't remember ever feeling lonely; in fact, on the rare occasions when I met other children I found their games and their talk far less interesting than the adventures and dialogues I read in my books.“ A History of Reading

„The love of libraries, like most loves, must be learned.“ The Library at Night

„Ultimately, the number of books always exceeds the space they are granted.“ The Library at Night

„I like to imagine that, on the day after my last, my library and I will crumble together, so that even when I am no more I'll still be with my books.“ The Library at Night

„I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will never read; I know that my books have unlimited patience. They will wait for me till the end of my days.“ The Library at Night

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