By Alberto Manguel
In this gorgeously imagined novel, a journalist interviews those that knew—or concept they knew—Alejandro Bevilacqua, a super, infuriatingly elusive South American author and writer of the masterpiece, In compliment of Lying. however the bills of these in his circle of acquaintances, enthusiasts, and enemies develop into more and more contradictory, murky, and suspect. Is each person mendacity, or simply telling their very own subjective model of the reality? because the literary research unfolds and a refrain of Bevilacqua’s friends piece jointly the fractured truth of his existence, thirty years after his loss of life, merely the reader holds the facility of ultimate judgment.
In All males Are Liars, Alberto Manguel will pay homage to literature’s innovations and explores no matter if we will ever really understand a person, and the query of the way, through whom, and for what, we ourselves should be remembered.
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All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel