All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel

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Mr. Manguel’s novel is minor, for sure, but serious and worthy: its best moments imprint upon the mind.
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In this gorgeously imagined novel, a journalist interviews those who knew—or thought they knew—Alejandro Bevilacqua, a brilliant, infuriatingly elusive South American writer and author of the masterpiece, In Praise of Lying. But the accounts of those in his circle of friends, lovers, and enemies become increasingly contradictory, murky, and suspect. Is everyone lying, or just telling their own subjective version of the truth? As the literary investigation unfolds and a chorus of Bevilacqua’s peers piece together the fractured reality of his life, thirty years after his death, only the reader holds the power of final judgment.

In All Men Are Liars, Alberto Manguel pays homage to literature’s inventions and explores whether we can ever truly know someone, and the question of how, by whom, and for what, we ourselves will be remembered.
 

About Alberto Manguel

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Alberto Manguel is an acclaimed, award-winning Canadian Argentine-born writer. As a teenager in Buenos Aires, he served as a reader for a blind Jorge Luis Borges. He currently lives in the south of France. Author website: alberto.manguel.com
 
Published June 5, 2012 by Riverhead Books. 217 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Jauchen on Dec 14 2012

Ultimately, Manguel’s novel delights in those authorial sleights of hand that enliven our most sustaining narratives.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Dwight Garner on Jun 21 2012

Mr. Manguel’s novel is minor, for sure, but serious and worthy: its best moments imprint upon the mind.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Jul 27 2012

...this book reminds us that Manguel is as skilled a novelist as he is an anthologist and writer of non-fiction.

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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on Jul 27 2012

...despite Manguel’s status as one of the world’s most celebrated authors and despite the fact that this book reminds us that Manguel is as skilled a novelist as he is an anthologist and writer of non-fiction. It isn’t hard to imagine fans of Paul Auster or of the enigmatic novellas of Roberto Bolaño finding much to love in All Men Are Liars...

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