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Umberto Eco , Richard Dixon
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6 Sep 2012

Inventing the Enemy covers a wide range of topics on which Umberto Eco has written and lectured over the last ten years, from the discussion of ideas that have inspired his earlier novels - exploring lost islands, mythical realms, and the medieval world in the process - to a disquisition on the theme that runs through his most recent novel, The Prague Cemetery, that every country needs an enemy, and if it doesn't have one, must invent it. Eco's lively new collection examines topics as diverse as St Thomas Aquinas's notions about the soul of an unborn child, indignant reviews of James Joyce's Ulysses by fascist journalists of the 1920s and 1930s, censorship, violence and Wikileaks.

These are essays full of passion, curiosity, and obsessions by one of the world's most esteemed scholars and critically acclaimed, bestselling novelists.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846555035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846555039
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eco's writing has a unique ability to dance on the page and to resonate in the mind" (Daily Telegraph)

"For the sheer depth and clarity of his learning and wisdom, Eco has no living rival" (Harpers and Queen)

"Eco's greatest virtue might be said to lie in his ability to clarify the exact nature of our present perplexities...lucid, logical and always firmly on the side of civilisation" (TLS)

"Eco is one of the most influential thinkers of our time" (LA Times)

"Thought provoking. nuanced, accessible prose. the collection amply shows off Eco's sophisticated, agile mind and will undoubtedly bring pleasure to readers familiar with his worlds while enriching those willing to learn about them" (Publisher's Weekly)

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A collection of timely essays by the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventing the Enemy. Umberto Eco. 4 Feb 2013
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Always entertaining and thought provoking this collection of lectures is Eco's usual commentery on aspects
of the world and a pleasure to read
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class entertainment 17 Sep 2013
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I've been a fan of Eco ever since The Name of The Rose, although I've found some of his scholarly works hard going.
This anthology is a sheer delight, a parading of the author's amazing erudition and written in a most readable style. Reading this you can pick up a wealth of quotes and allusions that can make you appear as erudite as Umberto!
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