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By Alberto Manguel

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In this significant choice of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has known as “the Casanova of reading,” argues that the task of studying, in its broadest experience, defines our species. “We come into the area purpose on discovering narrative in everything,” writes Manguel, “landscape, the skies, the faces of others, the photographs and phrases that our species create.” analyzing our personal lives and people of others, examining the societies we are living in and those who lie past our borders, interpreting the worlds that lie among the covers of a booklet are the essence of A Reader on Reading.

The thirty-nine essays during this quantity discover the crafts of studying and writing, the id granted to us by means of literature, the far-reaching shadow of Jorge Luis Borges, to whom Manguel learn as a tender guy, and the hyperlinks among politics and books and among books and bodies. The powers of censorship and highbrow interest, the artwork of translation, and people “numinous reminiscence palaces we name libraries” additionally determine during this striking assortment. For Manguel and his readers, phrases, finally, lend coherence to the area and supply us “a few secure locations, as genuine as paper and as bracing as ink,” to supply us room and board in our passage.

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In the offing the sea and the sky were welded together without a joint, and in the luminous space the tanned sails of the barges drifting up with the tide seemed to stand still in red clusters of canvas sharply peaked, with gleams of varnished sprits. (p. 135) The visual qualities of this introductory description resemble those often referred to in discussions of Conrad’s literary impressionism. Suggesting a first-person narrative, the pronoun ‘us’ refers to the five characters aboard the Nellie.

Joseph Conrad: Narrative Technique and Ideological Commitment. London: Arnold, 1990 Henricksen, Bruce. Nomadic Voices: Conrad and the Subject of Narrative. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992 Kayser, Wolfgang. Das sprachliche Kunstwerk. 1948. Berne: Francke Verlag, 1971 Lothe, Jakob. Conrad’s Narrative Method. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989 Madsen, Peter. ‘Modernitet og melankoli: Fortaelling, diskurs og identitet i Joseph Conrads Mörkets hjerte’ [‘Modernity and melancholy: narration, discourse, and identity in “Heart of Darkness”’].

40 Albert J. Guerard on Marlow as Central Character The autobiographical basis of the narrative is well known, and its introspective bias obvious; this is Conrad’s longest journey into self. ”1 The Congo was much in the public mind in 1889, when Henry Stanley’s relief expedition found Emin Pasha (who like Kurtz did not want to be rescued), and it is interesting to note that Conrad was in Brussels during or immediately after Stanley’s triumphant welcome there in April 1890. This was just before he set out on his own Congo journey.

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