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Inventing the Enemy: Essays


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Inventing the Enemy covers a wide range of topics on which Umberto Eco has written and lectured for the past ten years, from a disquisition on the theme that runs through his most recent novel, The Prague Cemeteryandmdash;every country needs an enemy, and if it doesnandrsquo;t have one, must invent itandmdash;to a discussion of ideas that have inspired his earlier novels. Along the way, he takes us on an exploration of lost islands, mythical realms, and the medieval world. Eco also sheds light on the indignant reviews of James Joyceandrsquo;s Ulysses by fascist journalists of the 1920s and 1930s, and provides a lively examination of Saint Thomas Aquinasandrsquo;s notions about the soul of an unborn child, censorship, violence, and WikiLeaks. These are essays full of passion, curiosity, and obsessions by one of the worldandrsquo;s most esteemed scholars and critically acclaimed, best-selling novelists.


Aand#160; collection of timely essays,and#160;writtenand#160;over the last ten years, by Umberto Eco, internationally acclaimed and bestselling author

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


Inventing the Enemyand#8195;1

Absolute and Relativeand#8195;22

The Beauty of the Flameand#8195;44

Treasure Huntingand#8195;67

Fermented Delightsand#8195;78

No Embryos in Paradiseand#8195;88

Hugo, Hand#233;las!: The Poetics of Excessand#8195;97

Censorship and Silenceand#8195;126

Imaginary Astronomiesand#8195;134

Living by Proverbsand#8195;162

I Am Edmond Dantand#232;s!and#8195;170

Ulysses: Thatand#8217;s All We Needed . . .and#8195;185

Why the Island Is Never Foundand#8195;192

Thoughts on WikiLeaksand#8195;217

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Eco, Umberto
Literary Criticism : European - Italian
Publication Date:
September 2012

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Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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Aand#160; collection of timely essays,and#160;writtenand#160;over the last ten years, by Umberto Eco, internationally acclaimed and bestselling author
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