Reading Pictures by Alberto Manguel
A History of Love and Hate

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Reading Pictures looks at the work of great artists–from the intensely familiar to the undiscovered–and examines the stories behind them, tracing the passage of life into art. Pablo Picasso torments his mistress Dora Maar and then paints brilliant studies of her grief-crumpled face; these evolve into the weeping woman in his great indictment of fascism, Guernica. Manguel untangles what this story, and countless others, shows us of our twin impulses toward creation and destruction. A tour of the psyche more than of the museum, this book dares to ponder, with contagious wonder, why we create.

Not since John Berger’s influential Ways of Seeing has an essayist so eloquently examined what happens when we are moved by profound works of art and how we decode a wordless language that touches us so intimately. Richly illustrated, Reading Pictures shows us that there is no limit to the stories we may find if we look with care and delight.
 

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Alberto Manguel is the acclaimed author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading, which was an international bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, a Times Literary Supplement International Book of the Year, and Winner of France's Prix Medicis. He is a widely sought-after speaker, and will lecture at museums worldwide, including the Louvre, ont he publication of Reading Pictures. He was born in Buenos Aires and lives in France.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Knopf Canada. 352 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Rather, each chapter is a freestanding essay that takes up topics in the history of reading: the way reading has been taught and learned, how people read in public and in private, bookish means of divining the future, the idea of reading as a metaphor, the relation of that which is heard to that ...

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Manguel’s reflections on artists and their oeuvre are refreshingly wide-ranging: in writing about the doomed Italian-born photographer Tina Modotti, for instance, he name-checks Pliny, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Mehmet the Conqueror, Primo Levi, and Plutarch, among others, while an affe...

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Reading Pictures: A History of Love and Hate Alberto Manguel 337pp, Bloomsbury, £30 Buy it at a discount at BOL One forgets that Roger Fry, who more than anyone educated his countrymen into an appreciation of the "formal relations" in painting, wrote almost equally of their literary power.

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Reading Pictures Alberto Manguel Bloomsbury £30, pp337 Pictures are deceiving.

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Writer and critic Manguel's (Reading Pictures ) elegantly elliptical and wryly contemporary diary of cities revisited and books reread during 2002 and 2003 opens with a journey he undertakes to his birthplace, Buenos Aires, just after Argentina's economic crisis in December 2001.

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Born and raised in Argentina, Manguel--who currently resides in Canada--is at his sharpest and most original in his Argentine-themed essays: a piece on Borges's amorous adventures draws on Manguel's schoolboy memories of reading aloud to the blind writer;

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After an international success with his prize-winning A History of Reading, writer, novelist, translator and editor Manguel, a Buenos Aires ex-pat now living in Canada, returns with a series of meditations on why great art moves us.

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Manguel attests to reading's power to transform while tracing its 4000-year history.

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Reading, Manguel asserts in this encyclopedic and self-indulgent exploration, has such ""a particular quality of privacy"" that one ""can transform a place by reading in it."" An erudite yet entertaining conversation with the reader, Manguel's History ranges over languages and literatures from pr...

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After an international success with his prize-winning A History of Reading, writer, novelist, translator and editor Manguel, a Buenos Aires ex-pat now living in C

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In it, Manguel elaborates on the function of reading: Literature is a collaborative effort, not as editors and writing schools will have it, but as readers and writers have known from the very first line of verse ever set down in clay.

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