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The Dictionary of Imaginary Places

by Alberto Manguel & Gianni Guadalupi

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list price: $35
also available: Paperback
category: Fiction
published: 2002
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada

Throughout the ages, writers have created an astonishing diversity of imaginary places, worlds of enchantment, horror and delight. This monumental book unites them in a single volume and takes readers on a grand tour of more than 1,200 imaginary cities, islands, countries, and continents, all invented by storytellers from Homer’s day to our own. Written with wit and brilliance, this updated classic includes dozens of new entries and is a visual delight with more than 200 original illustrations and maps, and new illustrations by award-winning Canadian artist Ken Nutt.

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Alberto Manguel is an editor, essayist and anthologist, and the bestselling author of dozens of internationally acclaimed books. He began his career with the first edition of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places in 1980, with co-author Gianni Guadalupi, a
translator, editor and passionate book collector.

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Editorial Review

“No person interested in literature should go another day without this extraordinary book.” – The Toronto Star

“A book no self-respecting dreamer should be without.” – The Economist

“In the Library of Trivia, which I wish were never absent from our shelves, I believe The Dictionary of Imaginary Places to be our indispensable reference book.”– Italo Calvino

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About the Authors

Alberto Manguel

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, with Gianni Guadalupi, and A History of Reading. Manguel grew up in Israel, where his father was the Argentinian ambassador. In the mid-1980s, Manguel moved to Toronto where he lived for twenty years. Manguel's novel, News from a Foreign Country Came, won the McKitterick Prize in 1992. In 2000, Manguel moved to the Poitou-Charentes region of France, where he and his partner purchased and renovated a medieval farmhouse.

Célébrité internationale à plus d’un titre — il est anthologiste, traducteur, essayiste, romancier et éditeur — Alberto Manguel est l’auteur du Dictionnaire des lieux imaginaires, en collaboration avec Gianni Guadalupi, et d’une Histoire de la lecture, entre autres succès de librairie. Manguel a grandi en Israël où son père était ambassadeur de l’Argentine. Au milieu des années 1980, Manguel s’installe à Toronto où il vivra pendant vingt ans. Il reçoit le McKitterick Prize en 1992 pour son roman News from a Foreign Country Came. Depuis 2000, Manguel habite la région française de Poitou-Charentes, dans une maison de ferme du Moyen-Âge qu’il a achetée et remise à neuf avec son compagnon.

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