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'It is a work of staggering scope and erudition, packed with interesting information and arguments, and often beautifully written' --William Skidelsky, The Spectator
'[Manguel's] style is one of great warmth and allusiveness, ranging with ease across epochs and continents of literature' --Steven Poole, The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Emilie M. Townes is Professor of Christian Social Ethics and Black Church Ministries at Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri.'
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Under the following chapter headings, we are invited to think about the future by drawing on the past to interpret the present:
`The Voice of Cassandra'
`The Tablets of Gilgamesh'
`The Bricks of Babel'
`The Books of Don Quixote'
`The Screen of Hal'
Alberto Manguel invites the reader to consider a number of different and important questions:
How does language itself determine, limit and enlarge our imagination of the world?
How do the stories we tell help us perceive ourselves and others?
Can such stories lend a whole society an identity, whether true or false?
Is it possible for stories to change us and the world we live in?
This is a book to keep and to refer back to. The prose is a joy to read for its own sake, the underlying messages are enduring and the questions are timeless.