Synopses & Reviews
In a series of 100 maps, Atlas of the European Novel exposes the fascinating connections between literature and space. In this pioneering study Franco Moretti presents a fresh and exciting perspective by mapping the often unexpected relations between literature and geography.
"With intellectual elegance, Moretti invites us to use maps, not as all-encompassing solutions, but as generators of ideas." Umberto Eco
"Moretti . . . is a seductive, stylish guide. One has the powerful sense of reading the results of concentrated thought: every page contains an aphoristic insight . . . The reader is smuggled across borders that flash by in the dark. . . . The Atlas of the European Novel is a wonderful achievement: a visual pleasure as much as a textual one; a work in the vanguard of a new critical school that marries grand theory with a punctuating wit." Steven Poole
"A genuine and useful and inspired work of aesthetic investigation . . . it will have a massive importance, not only to critics, but more importantly, to writers." The Guardian
". . . a frequently brilliant and almost always eye-opening book." New York Press
"It's not often that one can speak of the charm of an academic book: Moretti's oozes it." Washington City Paper
Mapping the often surprising relationship between literature and geography.
5701 Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
Franco Moretti teaches literature at Stanford, where he directs the Literary Lab. He is the author of Signs Taken for Wonders, The Way of the World, Modern Epic, Atlas of the European Novel 1800–1900, and Graphs, Maps, Trees as well as chief editor of The Novel.