The end of ethnic nationalism, building societies around sets of common
values, seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. In the
2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel
fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look
at what stories have to teach us about society.
"How do stories help us
perceive ourselves and others?" he asks. "How can stories lend a whole
society an identity...?"
to the Bible, from Don Quixote
to The Fast Runner
, Alberto Manguel
explores how books and stories hold the secret keys to what binds us together.
Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, Alberto Manguel
is the bestselling author of several award-winning books, including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places
and A History of Reading
He was born in Buenos Aires, moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1982 (where
he lived for 20 years), and now lives in France, where he was named an
Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Among other awards and
honours, he is also a Guggenheim Fellow.The City of Words
is published by House of Anansi Press