Inventing the Enemy: And Other Occasional Writings  

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Costruire il nemico e altri scritti occasionali (2011, English: Inventing the Enemy: And Other Occasional Writings) is a collection of essays by Umberto Eco.

From the publisher:

"A collection of timely essays by the internationally acclaimed and bestselling essayist, philosopher, literary critic and author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery. 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. "

Contents

ToC

Inventing the Enemy

enemy

Absolute and Relative

absolute, relative

The Beauty of the Flame

flame

Treasure Hunting

relics

Fermented Delights

Piero Camporesi

No Embryos in Paradise

embryo, Thomas Aquinas

Hugo, Helas!: The Poetics of Excess

Victor Hugo

Censorship and Silence

veline

Imaginary Astronomies

astronomy

Living by Proverbs

proverb, De la Nuova Utoppia ò vero de Insula Perdita

I Am Edmond Dantes!

Edmond Dantes

Ulysses: That's All We Needed . . .

Ulysses

Why the Island is Never Found

lost island, powder of sympathy

Thoughts on WikiLeaks

Wikileaks




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