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McEwen, Alastair

Works: 23 works in 55 publications in 1 language and 6,051 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Exhibition catalogs  Pictorial works  Psychological fiction  Historical fiction  Catalogs  Miscellanea 
Roles: Translator
Classifications: BH81, 111.85
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Publications about Alastair McEwen
Publications by Alastair McEwen
Most widely held works by Alastair McEwen
History of beauty ( Book )
7 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,718 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: What is beauty? What is art? What is taste and fashion? Is beauty something to be observed coolly and rationally or is it something dangerously involving? So begins Umberto Eco's intriguing journey into the aesthetics of beauty, in which he explores the ever-changing concept of the beautiful from the ancient Greeks to today. While closely examining the development of the visual arts and drawing on works of literature from each era, Eco broadens his enquiries to consider a range of concepts, including the idea of love, the unattainable woman, natural inspiration versus numeric formulas, and the continuing importance of ugliness, cruelty, and even the demonic. Professor Eco takes us from classical antiquity to the present day, dispelling many preconceptions along the way and concluding that the relevance of his research is urgent because we live in an age of great reverence for beauty, "an orgy of tolerance, the total syncretism and the absolute and unstoppable polytheism of Beauty." In this, his first illustrated book, Professor Eco offers a layered approach that includes a running narrative, abundant examples of painting and sculpture, and excerpts from writers and philosophers of each age, plus comparative tables. A true road map to the idea of beauty for any reader who wishes to journey into this wonderful realm with Eco's nimble mind as guide
Turning back the clock : hot wars and media populism by Umberto Eco( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 794 libraries worldwide
"The time: 2000 to 2005, the years of neoconservatism, terrorism, the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the ascension of Bush, Blair, and Berlusconi, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Umberto Eco's response is a series of essays - which originally appeared in the Italian newspapers La Repubblica and L'espresso - that leaves no slogan unexamined, no innovation unexposed. What led us into this age of hot wars and media populism, and how was it sold to us as progress? Eco discusses such topics as racism, mythology, the European Union, rhetoric, the Middle East, technology, September 11, medieval Latin, television ads, globalization, Harry Potter, anti-Semitism, logic, the Tower of Babel, intelligent design, Italian street demonstrations, fundamentalism, The Da Vinci Code, and magic and magical thinking."--BOOK JACKET
The almond picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby( Book )
2 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 765 libraries worldwide
A novel exploring issues of identity in modern Sicily presents the complicated life of Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, a woman born into poverty in Sicily who becomes the invaluable servant of a wealthy family
Experiences in translation by Umberto Eco( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 596 libraries worldwide
"Translation is not about comparing two languages, Umberto Eco argues, but about the interpretation of a text in two different languages." "In this book he draws on his substantial practical experience to identify and discuss some central problems of translation. As he demonstrates, a translation can express an evident deep sense of a text even when violating both lexical and referential faithfulness. Depicting translation as a semiotic task, he uses a wide range of source materials as illustration: the translations of his own and other novels, translations of the dialogue of American films into Italian, and various versions of the Bible. In the second part of his study he deals with translation theories proposed by Jakobson, Steiner, Peirce, and others." "Overall, Eco identifies the different types of interpretive acts that count as translation. A new typology emerges, based on his insistence on a common-sense approach and the necessity of taking a critical stance."--BOOK JACKET
The force of the past : a novel by Sandro Veronesi( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 455 libraries worldwide
"Shortly after his father's death, Gianni Orzan reaches the disturbing conclusion that his father did not love him. Aloof and dismissive, Maurizio Orzan seldom had anything to say to his son. Moreover, he was a staunch fascist." "Or so Gianni thought. Then comes the day he's contacted by a complete stranger who has a disquieting familiarity with his life. In what amounts to kidnapping, the stranger pursues an urgent mission: to convince Gianni that the father he knew was an illusion: that Maurizio was, in fact, a double agent for the KGB." "What is Gianni to believe? If this stranger's revelations are true, they threaten to destroy Gianni's steadfast beliefs about his father's shameful, self-created identity and promise to send his life crashing down around him"--Dust jacket
The marchesa by Simonetta Agnello Hornby( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 377 libraries worldwide
This entertaining novel is an intricate family saga interwoven with violent passions, cruelty, deceit, and the abuse of power. The Marchesa is an eyeopening historical drama about a remarkable woman and her extraordinary family, and the complex, often abusive relations that mark the lives of master and servant, brother and sister, husband and wife
La folie Baudelaire by Roberto Calasso( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
Looks at the life, influence, and work of the French writer and founder of modernism
On beauty by Umberto Eco( Book )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 321 libraries worldwide
"On Beauty is neither a history of art, nor a history of aesthetics, but rather Umberto Eco draws on the histories of both these disciplines to define the ideas of beauty that have informed sensibilities from the classical world to modern times."--Jacket
It's getting later all the time : a novel in the form of letters by Antonio Tabucchi( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 256 libraries worldwide
An epistolary tale told through a series of seventeen letters by men describes their affairs and desperate entreaties for replies that may never come, in a work that culminates in a single, eighteenth letter by a distant, implacable woman who sympathetically answers their pleas
S.S. Proleterka by Fleur Jaeggy( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 173 libraries worldwide
"The S.S. Proleterka is a Yugoslavian ship; our fifteen-year-old protagonist and her financially ruined, distant, yet somehow beloved father, Johannes, take a cruise together on it to Greece. With a strange telescopic perspective, narrated from the day she receives her father's ashes, our heroine recounts her youth: her re-married mother, cold and far away, allows the father the rare visit to the child, stashed away with relatives or at a school for girls. "The journey to Greece, father and daughter. The last and first chance to be together." On board the S.S
Lands of glass by Alessandro Baricco( Book )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 99 libraries worldwide
Every promise by Andrea Bajani( Book )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Turning back the clock by Umberto Eco( Book )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
Envy by Alain Elkann( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
As the result of a series of fortuitous encounters and circumstances, a writer falls victim to an obsessive curiosity about the famous artist Julian Sax. He would like to meet Sax, but the great painter is surrounded by an almost impenetrable protective screen. The writer's wife, the charming and sensuous Rossa, eventually takes him to a tea room in London, where Sax spends a few hours of each day accompanied by his children, models and friends. The narrator begins to fear that his wife Rossa might succumb to the charms of this seductive man, who attracts women, paints them and then discards t
The French father by Alain Elkann( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Alain Elkann's The French Father is an imagined confrontation between haughty Bourgeoisie and passionate Art - the former represented by Jean-Paul Elkann (once the director of Dior) the latter by the Surrealist Roland Topor The French Father centres on a dialogue between two men buried alongside each other in the Parisian cemetery of Montparnasse now companions in the afterlife. One man, the author's father, is strict, upper middle class, and a firm believer in the values and principles of the grande bourgeoisie. The other is the artist Roland Topor, screenwriter of Polanski's The Tenant
Kant and the platypus : essays on language and cognition by Umberto Eco( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
"In these essays, Umberto Eco explores in depth such subjects as perception, the relationship between language and experience, and iconism that he only touched on in A Theory of Semiotics. Forgoing a formal, systematic treatment, Eco engages in a series of explorations based on common sense, from which flow an abundance of illustrative fables, often with animals as protagonists. Among the characters, a position of prominence is reserved for the platypus, which appears to have been created specifically to "put the cat among the pigeons" as far as many theories of knowledge are concerned."--BOOK JACKET
The infinity of lists by Umberto Eco( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
Reflections on how the idea of catalogs has changed over the centuries and how, from one period to another, it has expressed the spirit of the times. Companion to the author's History of beauty and On ugliness
Candida Höfer : libraries by Candida Höfer( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
"Nobody photographs libraries, those splendid and intimate cathedrals of knowledge, as beautifully as Candida Hofer. Her photographs are sober and restrained in feel - the atmosphere is disturbed by neither visitors nor users, especially as she forgoes any staging of the locations. The emptiness is imbued with substance by a subtle attention to colour, and the prevailing silence instilled with a metaphysical quality that gives voice to the objects, over and above the eloquence of the furnishings or the pathos of the architecture." "This volume contains Hofer's famously ascetic images of the British Library in London, the Escorial in Spain, the Whitney Museum and the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York, the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris, the Villa Medici in Rome and the Hamburg University Library, among others. Umberto Eco introduces the collection with a witty reflection on the role of libraries in all our lives." "Almost completely devoid of people, as is Hofer's trademark, these pictures radiate a serenity that is exceptional in contemporary photography."--BOOK JACKET
On ugliness by Umberto Eco( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
In a companion volume to his "History of Beauty," the renowned philosopher and cultural critic analyzes our attraction to the gruesome, horrific, and repellant in visual culture and the arts, drawing on abundant examples of painting and sculpture, ranging from antiquity to the works of Bosch, Goya, and others
The almond picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
[This is a] surprising mystery - and love story - set in rural Sicily. Born into a desperately poor Sicilian farming family, Mennulara went into service when she was only a girl, as a maid for a well-to-do local family by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family's affairs and was said to be rich. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as the story begins) she is dead. Who was she, really? [This novel] is the story of a woman who negotiated for her freedom as no one else dared. Unusual instructions in Mennulara's will perplex the family she worked for and send the children on a kind of treasure hunt, for each of them wants to secure her fabled riches. She is no longer physically present, but her mysterious importance to them and to the village comes into focus in a series of dramatic encounters and spiky exchanges among the neighbors. Everyone has a very different idea about Mennulara's amazing life. Was she a humble servant who ruled her master, or perhaps a pawn for the Mafia? Was she a seducer and opportunist, a sly blackmailer waiting for a payoff, or the opposite? During the thirty days following her death, the surprising truth is revealed. -
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