Chronicles Of A Liquid Society by Umberto EcoChronicles Of A Liquid Society by Umberto Eco

Chronicles Of A Liquid Society

byUmberto EcoTranslated byRichard Dixon

Hardcover | November 14, 2017

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Umberto Eco began writing a regular column called "La Bustina di Minerva " for the Italian weekly magazine&nbsp L'Espresso &nbspin 1985. Its title referred to a brand of matchbook that had two white spaces inside, useful for brief jottings. Eco intended his articles to be short notes and digressions on ideas that came to mind, generally inspired by topical events. But not always, since just as topical for him was rereading a page of Herodotus, a Grimms' fairy tale, or a Popeye comic strip.
The pieces in this volume reflect&nbspon many aspects of our "liquid society," when a sense of community is lost, and fellow travelers become rivals. With dazzling erudition and a keen sense of the everyday, the best-selling author of&nbsp The Name of the Rose&nbsp writes on popular culture and politics, being seen, conspiracies, the old and the young, cellphones, mass media, racism, good manners, and the crisis in ideological values. A final gift to his readers-astute, witty, illuminating.
UMBERTO ECO (1932-2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, and was named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government. Eco was an honorary member of the A...
Title:Chronicles Of A Liquid SocietyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.14 inPublished:November 14, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544974484

ISBN - 13:9780544974487


Editorial Reviews

Eco's famously ironic voice, well preserved in Richard Dixon's translation, is? penetrating? The issues Eco addresses are so enormous in their scale they seem insurmountable, yet his measured, erudite commentary assures you that they can be understood and therefore resolved." - FINANCIAL TIMES "A remarkable collection, intellectually rigorous but accessible, thought-provoking but frequently funny, historically immersed but preternaturally aware of the world outside? Chronicles of a Liquid Society, for all of its weight and intellectual significance, is full of? small self-aware glimpses that feel like the bemused twinkling of an eye? As the final book to directly bear [Eco's] hand, Chronicles of a Liquid Society is a wonderful reminder of a great writer, thinker, and human being." -THE TORONTO STAR "Eco is a critical thinker, a philosopher and theorist, but he writes with refreshing clarity? That [he] can be precise in his writing while respecting complexity and resisting dogmatism is a testament to his intellect? Though critiquing an increasingly unpredictable society, Eco's last reflections are strangely forward-looking and sensible. Chronicles of a Liquid Society forms a map of sorts with which to navigate the modern world." -SHELF AWARENESS ""What unifies this collection is Eco's understanding? We are not reading this book for novelty, but for conversation, for the personality and charitable understanding of an elder interested in everything, even the things he finds worrying." - WASHINGTON FREE BEACON Quick-takes propelled by deep reflection and subtle humor." -PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE " A swan song from one of Europe's great intellectuals . After publishing numerous novels, criticism, essays, and so much more, Eco died in 2016 at the age of 84. Like a few others before him, including Edmund Wilson and Lionel Trilling, among others, Eco proved that one could write for many audiences? There's a distinct Italian lean to these pieces, so some travel better than others, but it's not so much the information they convey as much as the intellect and thought processes of the conveyor? Eco entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity? There's much here to enjoy and ponder."- KIRKUS REVIEWS "A posthumous collection of brief opinion pieces from late in Eco's career demonstrates the great novelist-scholar's lively wit and vigorous intellectual engagement with our rapidly changing world . Originally appearing in the Italian news magazine l'Espresso, the essays were intended as glimpses at whatever might come into his head: observations about current events and cultural trends as well as more esoteric intellectual topics. That his column was named after a well-known brand of matchbook underscores both his anecdotal, scratch-paper approach and the reliable, if quick, illumination provided? His erudition and his sharp critical eye remain constant ? Eco will be missed ." -BOOKLIST "Eco's writing reveals a humanist in every sense of the word, well acquainted with the classics of Western civilization and able to take a broad, often amused view of human affairs? Dixon's translation is seamless, capturing Eco's erudite style? This volume's primary reward lies in the pleasure of watching a finely calibrated, expansive, and logical mind build an argument or deconstruct cant. Eco has left us an intelligent, intriguing, and often hilariously incisive set of observations on contemporary follies and changing mores." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Starting in 1985, novelist and essayist Eco (1932-2016) wrote a regular column for the Italian weekly L'Espresso ? Although one may not recognize some of the philosophers and social thinkers analyzed and dissected here, the prose ( excellently translated by Dixon ) is easy to read and often amusing . VERDICT Recommended for all library collections. Readers familiar with Eco's entertaining, occasionally humorous style will be further delighted."- LIBRARY JOURNAL "