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All Men Are Liars by Alberto Manguel

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 pals, fans, and enemies turn 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 fact of his lifestyles, thirty years after his loss of life, in basic terms 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 be able to ever actually recognize anyone, and the query of the way, by means of whom, and for what, we ourselves can be remembered.

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The grass, more like toughened reeds, was knee-high. A couple of overgrown and half-effaced paths guided their footsteps. Twenty or so cement slabs lay exposed to the elements; old cell floors lay in various stages of decay and disrepair, thick with weeds; cement-cracked interiors were darkened by a forest of vines clambering over the decrepit wire walls. Toilets and electricity were nowhere to be found. Empty and lifeless, the collapsed state of X-Ray made it difficult to imagine that within weeks this patch of ground could be transformed into a functioning detention center, housing up to 300 prisoners, guarded and supported by several thousand American military personnel.

Serious cases were routinely referred to the mainland. The local doctor medivaced emergency patients and those needing surgery to Jacksonville Memorial Hospital in Miami. 42 The Chief Medical Officer, Naval Captain Albert Shimkus, was an ambitious and exceptionally accomplished naval nurse whose skills had yet to be tapped in December of 2001. Small-boned, spry, a self-described “seat-of-thepants anesthetist” with “a good clinical foundation,” Shimkus had arrived in Guantanamo in August of 2000, several months after Buehn, and had quickly become a trusted confidant of the naval commander.

This was the danger posed by the fact that the United States military was not quite equipped to handle the mission that was about to be handed them—that of detaining prisoners of war. It wasn’t just that the naval base itself was being asked to perform well above its capacity in terms of resources. It was also a matter of professional expertise. The nation’s military did not have the requisite expertise in prisoner of war detention, as the United States had not had to deal with prisoners of war on its own since World War II.

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