Chronicles of a Liquid Society

Category: Book
Translated By: Dixon, Richard
By (author): Eco, Umberto
Subject:  LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: November 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.81in
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From The Publisher*Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. In this, his last collection, the celebrated essayist and novelist observes the changing world around him with irrepressible curiosity and profound wisdom. He sees with fresh eyes the upheaval in ideological values, the crises in politics, and the unbridled individualism that have become the backdrop of our lives-a "liquid" society in which it's not easy to find a polestar, though stars and starlets abound.
In these pieces, written for his regular column inL'Espresso magazine, Eco brings his dazzling erudition and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, being seen, conspiracies, the old and the young, new technologies, mass media, racism, and good manners. It is a final gift to his reader-astute, witty, and illuminating.
From The Publisher*A posthumous collection of essays by the great novelist, essayist, literary critic, and philosopher Umberto Eco
Review Quote*

"A swan song from one of Europe's great intellectuals. After publishing numerous novels, criticism, essays, and so much more, Eco died in 2016 at the age of 84. Like a few others before him, including Edmund Wilson and Lionel Trilling, among others, Eco proved that one could write for many audiences...There's a distinct Italian lean to these pieces, so some travel better than others, but it's not so much the information they convey as much as the intellect and thoughtprocesses of the conveyor...Eco entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity...There's much here to enjoy and ponder."-Kirkus Reviews

"Eco's writing reveals a humanist in every sense of the word, well acquainted with the classics of Western civilization and able to take a broad, often amused view of human affairs...Dixon's translation is seamless, capturing Eco's erudite style...This volume's primary reward lies in the pleasure of watching a finely calibrated, expansive, and logical mind build an argument or deconstruct cant. Eco has left us an intelligent, intriguing, and often hilariouslyincisive set of observations on contemporary follies and changing mores."-Publishers Weekly

"Endless material for conversation."-Library Journal

Biographical NoteUMBERTO ECO (1932-2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy's highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. RICHARD DIXON lives and works in Italy. His translations include works by Umberto Eco, Roberto Calasso, and Giacomo Leopardi. His translation of The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2012.