Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 1 in
Published: June 4, 2012
Publisher: Random House UK
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0099552450
ISBN - 13: 9780099552451
From the Publisher
The perfect gift for book lovers: a beautifully designed hardcover
in which two of the world''s great men have a delightfully rambling
conversation about the future of the book in the digital era, and
decide it is here to stay.
These days it is almost impossible to get away from discussions of
whether the book will survive the digital revolution. Blogs, tweets
and newspaper articles appear daily on the subject, many of them
repetitive, most of them admitting they don''t know what will
happen. Amidst the twittering, the thoughts of Jean-Claude Carrière
and Umberto Eco come as a breath of fresh air. There are few people
better placed to discuss the past, present and future of the book.
Both of them avid book collectors with a deep understanding of
history, they have explored through their work, both written and
visual, the many and varied ways in which ideas have been
represented through the ages.
This beautifully produced book, an object of desire in itself, is
the transcription of a long conversation between the two men in
which they discuss a vast range of subjects, from what can be
defined as the first book, to the idea of the library, the burning
of books both accidental and deliberate, and what will happen to
knowledge and memory when infinite amounts of information are
available at the click of a mouse. En route there are delightful
digressions into personal anecdote about everything from Eco''s
first computer to the book Carrière is most sad to have sold.
Readers will close this book feeling that they have had the
privilege of eavesdropping on an intimate discussion between two
great minds. And while, as Carrière says, the one certain thing
about the future is that it is unpredictable, it is clear from this
conversation that, in some form or other, the book will survive.
After all, as Eco says: like the spoon, once invented, it cannot be
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
UMBERTO ECO has written works of fiction, literary criticism and
philosophy. He came to fame with his first novel The Name
of the Rose, a major international bestseller, and has
since published four other novels, along with many brilliant books
of essays. His sixth novel, The Prague Cemetery,
is due out from Harvill Secker in 2012.
JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE is a writer, playwright and screenwriter. He
has worked with Peter Brook, Milos Forman, Buñuel, Godard and the
Dalaï Lama, and is the author of Please Mr
Einstein as well as the co-author, along with Umberto Eco
and Stephen Jay Gould, of Conversations About the End of
From the Hardcover edition.
"A storming book. The next best thing to sitting in Umberto Eco''s
living room after dinner; a dream collection of lucid and
"An entertainingly free-range dialogue about writing past, present
-Boyd Tonkin, Independent