On Literature

On Literature

Book - 2004
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In this collection of essays and addresses delivered over the course of his illustrious career, Umberto Eco seeks "to understand the chemistry of [his] passion" for the word. From musings on Ptolemy and "the force of the false" to reflections on the experimental writing of Borges and Joyce, Eco's luminous intelligence and encyclopedic knowledge are on dazzling display throughout. And when he reveals his own ambitions and superstitions, his authorial anxieties and fears, one feels like a secret sharer in the garden of literature to which he so often alludes.
Remarkably accessible and unfailingly stimulating, this collection exhibits the diversity of interests and the depth of knowledge that have made Eco one of the world's leading writers.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151008124
0151008124
Characteristics: x, 334 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McLaughlin, Martin.

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Samsung Dec 21, 2014

Eco is obviously a classicist. I found much of his writing to be intriguing but impenetrable due to his rich knowledge of classical Latin literature. For those who like short and long essays, this book will likely offer some good reading. I liked his short thoughts on the literary qualities of the Communist Manifesto.

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jessicacormier
Apr 04, 2011

good source of reading recommendations. so many ideas he makes my head spin.

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