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On the shoulders of giants
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Contributors:
McEwen, Alastair, translator.
Published:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
318 pages ; 22 cm
Status:
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library - Nonfiction
814 E
Description

A posthumous collection of essays by one of our greatest contemporary thinkers that provides a towering vision of Western culture.

In Umberto Eco's first novel, The Name of the Rose, Nicholas of Morimondo laments, "We no longer have the learning of the ancients, the age of giants is past!" To which the protagonist, William of Baskerville, replies: "We are dwarfs, but dwarfs who stand on the shoulders of those giants, and small though we are, we sometimes manage to see farther on the horizon than they."

On the Shoulders of Giants is a collection of essays based on lectures Eco famously delivered at the Milanesiana Festival in Milan over the last fifteen years of his life. Previously unpublished, the essays explore themes he returned to again and again in his writing: the roots of Western culture and the origin of language, the nature of beauty and ugliness, the potency of conspiracies, the lure of mysteries, and the imperfections of art. Eco examines the dynamics of creativity and considers how every act of innovation occurs in conversation with a superior ancestor.

In these playful, witty, and breathtakingly erudite essays, we encounter an intellectual who reads comic strips, reflects on Heraclitus, Dante, and Rimbaud, listens to Carla Bruni, and watches Casablanca while thinking about Proust. On the Shoulders of Giants reveals both the humor and the colossal knowledge of a contemporary giant.

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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780674240896, 0674240898
UPC:
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Notes

General Note
This book is a translation of Sulle Spalle dei Giganti (c)2017 La Nave di Teseo Editore, Milano, Italy.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
"On the Shoulders of Giants collects previously unpublished essays from the last fifteen years of Umberto Eco's life. With humor and erudition, one of the great contemporary thinkers takes on the roots of Western culture, the origin of language, the nature of beauty and ugliness, the imperfections of art, and the lure of mysteries"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Eco, U., & McEwen, A. (2019). On the shoulders of giants. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Eco, Umberto and Alastair, McEwen. 2019. On the Shoulders of Giants. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Eco, Umberto and Alastair, McEwen, On the Shoulders of Giants. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Eco, Umberto,, and Alastair McEwen. On the Shoulders of Giants. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2019. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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