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Alberto Manguel

France/Canada

About

Alberto Manguel is an Argentine/Canadian writer, translator, editor and critic, but would rather define himself as a reader.

Born in Buenos Aires, he spent his childhood in Israel and his adolescence in Argentina. While attending the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires he worked in the Pygmalion bookstore, where he was asked by the then blind Jorge Luis Borges to read aloud to him at his home, doing so from 1964–68. He moved to Europe in 1969, and was awarded the Premio La Nación for his collection of short stories in 1971. Today he divides his time between Canada and a small village in France, where Manguel and his partner purchased and renovated a medieval presbytery to house his collection of 30,000 books.