The end of ethnic nationalism — building societies that promote civic nationalism with universally accepted value systems — seems eminently sensible. But something is going wrong. In these 2007 Massey Lectures, Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at the problems that come with creating new societies. Race riots in France, political murder in The Netherlands, bombings in Britain — all appear to be symptoms of a multicultural experiment gone awry. Politicians and sociologists are puzzled; why is it so hard for people to live together given the grim alternatives? Is blood still more important than peaceful coexistence? In The City of Words Manguel proposes a different approach: look at what writers have to say — maybe books and stories hold secret keys to the human heart, keys that social planners can’t find. With his trademark wit and erudition, Manguel suggests looking on the library shelf marked “fiction” for the book titled How to Build a Better Society.
A Reader on Reading Alberto Manguel taal: Engels gepubliceerd door: Yale University Press eerste editie: 2010 bindwijze: gebonden isbn: 978-0-300-15982-0 pagina’s: 307 verworven via: Amazon → Alberto Manguel
I met Alberto Manguel in 2007 at a causerie in Brussels. After the interview I lined up to let him sign my copy of Con Borges. Because of his name — the fact that he is (or was) Argentinian — I thought he wrote in Spanish, so I had bought this book in what appeared […]
Some weeks ago I had the pleasure to listen to Alberto [tag]Manguel[/tag] at a literary evening in Brussels. Shortly before I had read his delicious little book about Borges. I bought this in Spanish because I thought that the Argentinian born Manguel wrote in Spanish (moreover it is a book about Borges…) But as a […]
Alberto Manguel Con Borges Existe un vasto grupo compuesto por todos aquellos que alguna vez le leyeron a Borges: pequeños Boswells que raramente conocen la identidad de los otros pero que, de forma colectiva, mantienen la memoria de uno de los más cabales lectores del mundo. Claro, Borges solía preguntarle a todo el mundo. Para […]
A Reading DiaryA Year of Favourite Books Alberto Manguel taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Canongateeerste editie: gedrukt: 2004verworven: 2007bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 1841956384verworven via: Amazon