The City of Words: Creating Tolerant Societies by Alberto ManguelThe City of Words: Creating Tolerant Societies by Alberto Manguel

The City of Words: Creating Tolerant Societies

byAlberto Manguel

Paperback | October 1, 2007

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In the 2007 CBC Massey Lectures, Alberto Manguel leads us back into our literary tradition to find insight about one of the most contentious issues of our time: the rise of ethnic nationalism.

The end of ethnic nationalism -- building societies around sets of common values -- seems like a good idea. But something is going wrong. Manguel suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society.

With wit and erudition, Manguel looks at what visionaries, poets, novelists, essayists, and filmmakers have to say about building societies. From Cassandra to Jack London, the Epic of Gilgamesh to the computer Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Don Quixote to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Manguel draws fascinating and revelatory parallels between the personal and political realities of our present-day world and those of myth, legend, and story.

Alberto Manguel is an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor. His bestselling and award-winning books include A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires; in 1982 moved to Toronto, Canada, where he became a Canadian citizen; and now lives in France. He is the recipient of nume...
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Title:The City of Words: Creating Tolerant SocietiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.46 inPublished:October 1, 2007Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887847633

ISBN - 13:9780887847639

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Listening To Weaving the idea of living with the other from five key sources, "The Epic of Gilgamesh" , "The Fast Runner", "Don Quixote", and "2001: A Space Odyssey". Try to listen to the CBC podcast version if you can it is complete with audience questions from the lectures. Worthy of inclusion in Massey series literary commentary with past lecturers like Thomas King, Robert Fulford and Northrup Frye.
Date published: 2008-02-21

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"Losing yourself in Alberto Manguel's mind... means being led expertly through a complex labyrinth of fact and exposition." - Globe and Mail