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Faith in fakes : essays

Author: Umberto Eco
Publisher: London : Secker and Warburg, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Umberto Eco, author of the bestselling The Name Of The Rose, is an academic, a semiologist by profession, but that narrow description fails to do justice to a mind of omnivorous cutiosity. This effervescent collection of essays deals with a menagerie of topics that could be contained under no other roof. Disneyland, holography, museums, the Bishop of Hippo, Superman, the need to define the Middle Ages - these are  Read more...
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Eco, Umberto.
Faith in fakes.
London : Secker and Warburg, 1986
(OCoLC)647287315
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Umberto Eco
ISBN: 0436140888 9780436140884
OCLC Number: 14904964
Language Note: Translation of: Semiologio quotidiano.
Description: xii, 307 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Umberto Eco ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver.

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Umberto Eco, author of the bestselling The Name Of The Rose, is an academic, a semiologist by profession, but that narrow description fails to do justice to a mind of omnivorous cutiosity. This effervescent collection of essays deals with a menagerie of topics that could be contained under no other roof. Disneyland, holography, museums, the Bishop of Hippo, Superman, the need to define the Middle Ages - these are just a handul of the items that catch this roving and erudite eye. Eco touches with equal authority on the constricting influence of denim jeans, the relation between language and power, the value of stylistic analysis in assessing the virtues of The Iliad or Bo Derek, the impact of the computer and the role of the urban gureilla. Probing, provocative, scholarly and irreverent, Eco combines the disciplines of a polymath with the prodding curiosity of the man behind you in the queue for the fairground. The ride may occassionally be vertiginous, but is always intensely stimulating. (Inside cover).

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