Alberto Manguel

At the age of sixteen, Alberto Manguel was working in the Pygmalion bookstore in Buenos Aires when he was asked by Jorge Luis Borges, who by then had gone blind, to read aloud to him at home. He read to Borges from 1964 to 1968. In 2000 Manguel moved into a former medieval presbytery in France’s Poitou-Charentes region; it now houses his library of thirty thousand books. He is the author of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, News from a Foreign Country Came, and The Library at Night, among other books. In December 2015 he was named director of the National Library in Argentina.

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