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On the Shoulders of Giants Hardcover – 15 October 2019

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  • Publisher : Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Pr; 1st edition (15 October 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0674240898
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0674240896
  • Dimensions : 14.22 x 3.3 x 20.57 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Eco rearranges and reconstellates his vast learning to address one huge topic after the next...The irreverence and relentless curiosity that drive these lectures [is] charming and bracing.--Marta Figlerowicz"Public Books" (04/22/2020)

What makes Eco's talks fun is his humor, penetrating insights, and truly eclectic examples of topic points. He manages to make you feel that you're going on an esoteric adventure into secret spaces.-- (04/24/2020)

Delightful...Eco's remarks on such broad topics as 'Beauty' and 'Ugliness, ' 'Some Revelations on Secrecy, ' and 'Representations of the Sacred' reveal his astonishingly wide range of interests, encompassing such varied subjects as linguistics and chemistry.--Publishers Weekly (09/13/2019)

Like a collection of TED talks on philosophy and literary history, these 12 dazzling texts explore grand themes of intellectual curiosity such as beauty, secrecy, the invisible, and the sacred.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) (09/01/2019)

Magisterial lectures...Throughout his mature work Eco is on a quest for real meaning, which makes him so relevant for our times...The man proves a rare human spectacle: at once immensely erudite and genuinely humble; aware of his intellectual stature and yet self-deprecating; creator of sophisticated literary and intellectual worlds, and yet a strikingly unpretentious mind.--Costica Bradatan"Los Angeles Review of Books" (03/09/2020)

About the Author

Umberto Eco (1932GÇô2016) was an internationally acclaimed writer, philosopher, medievalist, and professor, and the author of the best-selling novels Foucault's Pendulum, The Name of the Rose, and The Prague Cemetery, as well as children's books. His numerous nonfiction books include Confessions of a Young Novelist, Six Walks in the Fictional Woods, and The Open Work (all from Harvard). He was a recipient of the Premio Strega, Italy's highest literary prize; the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities; and a Chevalier de la L+¬gion d'Honneur from the government of France.

Alastair McEwen is an award-winning literary translator. After nearly forty years in Italy he now lives in his native Scotland.

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