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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857051628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857051622
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.7 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'guaranteed to deliver all kinds of provocative and arcane delights. Like most of Eco's work, it defies ready classification, but is surely the better for that. Highly recommended' Historical Novels Review.

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Beauty and ugliness are two sides of the same coin; by ugliness we usually mean the opposite of beauty and we often define the first in order to understand the nature of the second. But the various depictions of ugliness over the centuries are richer and more unpredictable than is commonly thought. The striking images and anthological quotations in On Ugliness lead us on an extraordinary journey through the passions, terrors and nightmares of almost three thousand years, where acts of rejection go hand in hand with touching instances of empathy, and an aversion to deformity is accompanied by seductive violations of all classical canons. With his characteristic wit and erudition, Umberto Eco draws on examples in art and literature from ancient times to the present day. Abundantly illustrated with demons, madmen, vile enemies and disquieting presences, with horrid abysses and deformities that verge on the sublime, with freaks and the living dead, On Ugliness is conceived for a vast and diverse readership, and is an invaluable companion volume to On Beauty.


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Excellent. Brilliant observations and original analysis. Lots of interesting images , some I've not seen before. Umberto at his best.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jaher on 30 July 2012
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I am extremely glad I bought this book. It was an absolute bargain, and I doubt it had ever been opened, so it was practically new.

About the book itself, I can only say it it worth having, especially as part of the collection. So, if you buy it, also buy 'On Beauty'. There are some really well explained matters in there, so clear and succinct that it makes you understand why Eco is one of the greatest thinkers of this century. Brilliant!!!
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