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Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism

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Publisher Comments:

"The spirit of enlightenment breathes through the writings of Umberto Eco... [he] is an urbane, genial writer who brings calmness and clarity to every subject he treats." — Los Angeles Times
 
The time: 2000 to 2005, the years of neoconservatism, terrorism, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the ascension of Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Umberto Ecos response is a provocative, passionate, and witty series of essays—which originally appeared in the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and LEspresso—that leaves no slogan unexamined, no innovation unexposed. What led us into this age of hot wars and media populism, and how was it sold to us as progress? Eco discusses such topics as racism, mythology, the European Union, rhetoric, the Middle East, technology, September 11, medieval Latin, television ads, globalization, Harry Potter, anti-Semitism, logic, the Tower of Babel, intelligent design, Italian street demonstrations, fundamentalism, The Da Vinci Code, and magic and magical thinking.

The famous author and respected scholar shows his practical, engaged side: an intellectual involved in events both local and global, a man concerned about taste, politics, education, ethics, and where our troubled world is headed.

Synopsis:

A posthumously published collection of Italo Calvino's autobiographical writings recounting his experiences in Italys antifascist resistance, paying homage to his influences, tracing the evolution of his literary style, and commenting wryly on his travels in the United States.

Synopsis:

The last of Italo Calvino's works to appear during the author's lifetime, Collection of Sand is a group of essays never before published in English, discussing subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens.

Synopsis:

“Just like every collection, this one is a diary as well: a diary of travels, of course, but also of feelings, states of mind, moods . . . The fascination of a collection lies just as much in what it reveals as in what it conceals of the secret urge that led to its creation.” — from Collection of Sand

Italo Calvino’s unbounded curiosity and masterly imagination are displayed in peak form in Collection of Sand, the last of his works published during his lifetime. Here he applies his graceful intellect to the delights of the visual world, in essays on subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens. Never before translated into English, Collection of Sand is an incisive and often surprising meditation on observation and knowledge, the difference between the world as we perceive it and the world as it is.

“Beautifully translated by Martin McLaughlin . . . To read [Collection of Sand] is to enter the presence of an exceptionally fervent and fertile mind . . . A brilliant collection that may change the way you see the world around you.” — PD Smith, Guardian

Synopsis:

“As for my books, I regret not having published each one under a different nom de plume: that way I would feel freer to start again from scratch each time, just as I always try to do anyway.” — from Hermit in Paris

This posthumously published collection offers a unique, puzzle-like portrait of one of the postwar era’s most inventive and mercurial writers. In letters and journals, occasional pieces and interviews, Italo Calvino recalls growing up in seaside Italy and fighting in the antifascist resistance during World War II, traces the course of his literary career, and reflects on his many travels, including a journey through the United States in 1959 and 1960 that brings out his droll wit at its best. Sparkling with wisdom and unexpected delights, Hermit in Paris is an autobiography like no other.

 “Surprising, tart, and distinctive, like [Calvino] himself.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.

Table of Contents

Contents

Steps Back            1

I. War, Peace, and Other Matters

Some Reflections on War and Peace               9

Love America and March for Peace                31

The Prospects for Europe  37

The Wolf and the Lamb: The Rhetoric of Oppression   44

Enlightenment and Common Sense 66

From Play to Carnival       71

The Loss of Privacy             77

On Political Correctness   89

On Private Schools             97

Science, Technology, and Magic     103

II. Chronicles of a Regime

For Whom the Bell Tolls: A 2001 Appeal for a Moral Referendum           115

The 2001 Electoral Campaign and Veteran Communist Strategy            121

On Mass Media Populism  128

Foreigners and Us              157

Revisiting History               166

The Revolt Against the Law              180

Pasta Cunegonda               190

Chronicles of the Late Empire          195

III. The Return of the Great Game

Between Dr. Watson and Lawrence of Arabia               201

Words Are Stones                214

Back to the Seventies         224

Kamikazes and Assassins  229

IV. The Return of the Crusades

Holy Wars, Passion, and Religion   235

Negotiating in a Multiethnic Society             247

The Taking of Jerusalem: An Eyewitness Report          253

Beauty Queens, Fundamentalists, and Lepers               260

What Are We to Do with the Pre-Adamites?   263

V. The Summa and the Rest

The Roots of Europe           269

The Crucifix, Its Uses and Customs  272

On the Soul of the Embryo 277

Chance and Intelligent Design        281

Hands off My Son!               284

Those Who Dont Believe in God Believe in Everything             288

Relativism?           309

VI. The Defense of the Race

Are the Italians Anti-Semites?          313

The Plot 317

Some of My Best Friends    320

Some of Her Best Friends   323

VII. The Twilight of the New Millennium

A Dream                329

On the Shoulders of Giants               334

On the Disadvantages and Advantages of Death         355

 

Index      363

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156034210
Author:
Eco, Umberto
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Translator:
McEwen, Alastair
Author:
McEwen, Alastair
Author:
Calvino, Italo
Author:
McLaughlin, Martin
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Eco, Umberto - Political and social views
Subject:
Politics-Political Science
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
A posthumously published collection of Italo Calvino's autobiographical writings recounting his experiences in Italys antifascist resistance, paying homage to his influences, tracing the evolution of his literary style, and commenting wryly on his travels in the United States.
"Synopsis" by ,
The last of Italo Calvino's works to appear during the author's lifetime, Collection of Sand is a group of essays never before published in English, discussing subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens.
"Synopsis" by ,
“Just like every collection, this one is a diary as well: a diary of travels, of course, but also of feelings, states of mind, moods . . . The fascination of a collection lies just as much in what it reveals as in what it conceals of the secret urge that led to its creation.” — from Collection of Sand

Italo Calvino’s unbounded curiosity and masterly imagination are displayed in peak form in Collection of Sand, the last of his works published during his lifetime. Here he applies his graceful intellect to the delights of the visual world, in essays on subjects ranging from cuneiform and antique maps to Mexican temples and Japanese gardens. Never before translated into English, Collection of Sand is an incisive and often surprising meditation on observation and knowledge, the difference between the world as we perceive it and the world as it is.

“Beautifully translated by Martin McLaughlin . . . To read [Collection of Sand] is to enter the presence of an exceptionally fervent and fertile mind . . . A brilliant collection that may change the way you see the world around you.” — PD Smith, Guardian

"Synopsis" by ,
“As for my books, I regret not having published each one under a different nom de plume: that way I would feel freer to start again from scratch each time, just as I always try to do anyway.” — from Hermit in Paris

This posthumously published collection offers a unique, puzzle-like portrait of one of the postwar era’s most inventive and mercurial writers. In letters and journals, occasional pieces and interviews, Italo Calvino recalls growing up in seaside Italy and fighting in the antifascist resistance during World War II, traces the course of his literary career, and reflects on his many travels, including a journey through the United States in 1959 and 1960 that brings out his droll wit at its best. Sparkling with wisdom and unexpected delights, Hermit in Paris is an autobiography like no other.

 “Surprising, tart, and distinctive, like [Calvino] himself.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

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