Inventing The Enemy: Essays (Paperback)

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Inventing The Enemy: Essays (Paperback)

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The final collection from the bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and one of the most influential, and entertaining, intellectuals of the last century—essays full of passion, curiosity, and obsession.

“Underscores the writer’s profound erudition, lively wit, and passion for ideas of all shapes and sizes . . . Eco’s pleasure in such explorations is obvious and contagious.” —Booklist

The essays in Inventing the Enemy cover a wide range of topics on which Eco wrote and lectured, including a disquisition on the theme that runs through his novel The Prague Cemetery—every country needs an enemy, and if it doesn’t have one, must invent it; a discussion of ideas that inspired his earlier novels (and in the process he takes us on an exploration of lost islands, mythical realms, and the medieval world); an examination of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s notions about the soul of an unborn child; and censorship, violence, and WikiLeaks.

“True wit and wisdom coexist with fierce scholarship inside Umberto Eco, a writer who actually knows a thing or two about being truly human.” —Buffalo News

"Thought provoking . . . nuanced . . . the collection amply shows off Eco's sophisticated, agile mind." —Publishers Weekly

Umberto 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 Légion d’Honneur by the French government; and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Product Details ISBN: 9780544104686
ISBN-10: 0544104684
Publisher: HarperVia
Publication Date: September 24th, 2013
Pages: 240
Language: English

"This selection underscores the writer’s profound erudition, lively wit, and passion for ideas of all shapes and sizes...these occasional writings touch upon potentially provocative topics of contemporary interest...Eco’s pleasure in such explorations is obvious and contagious."
--Booklist "Thought provoking...nuanced...the collection amply shows off Eco's sophisticated, agile mind."
--Publishers Weekly "Inventing the Enemy is definitely sublime"--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review