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Manguel makes metaphysical mischief.,
This review is from: All Men are Liars (Paperback)
"Frankly, I'm the last person you should be asking about Alejandro Bevilacqua."
This is the opening line of All Men Are Liars and it is spoken by the author, Alberto Manguel to the journalist Terradillos who is investigating a mysterious event that happened thirty years earlier. The eminent writer Bevilacqua fell - or was pushed - to his death from the balcony of Alberto Manguel's Madrid apartment. In his search for the truth, Terradillos interviews key figures from Bevilacqua's past, the first being the author himself. So far, so intriguing. As the other stories unfold, whose are we to believe? Or do we believe anyone if all people are liars?
To get the most out of this novel, it would have been useful to have had more background knowledge of Argentinian politics in the 70s and the story does take a while to get into. But perseverance pays dividends. This is an unusual and clever if challenging book. There is a line which will haunt all those readers who also write: "Every author discovers himself through his adverbs." Scarily good, no?