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Book review: The Bible in Spain, by George Borrow

George Borrow was an early nineteenth-century author, best known today for his two autobiographical books, Lavengro and the Romany Rye. As a young man he worked for the British and Foreign Bible Society, selling bibles abroad. He went to Russia for this purpose in 1833 and to Spain in 1835, where he stayed, according to himself, for nearly 5 years, although he was not there continuously; he returned to England at least once to report to his employers. The Bible in Spain is a travelogue of sorts, although Borrow's manner of writing is unlike anyone else's and some people suspect him of altering facts and even of inventing them, which no doubt explains why the London Library shelves the book under Fiction. More.


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