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McEwen, Alastair

Works: 48 works in 134 publications in 1 language and 7,226 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Psychological fiction  Exhibition catalogs  Pictorial works  Catalogs  Miscellanea  Art  Historical fiction 
Roles: Translator, Contributor
Classifications: BH81, 853.914
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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 1,756 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 )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 802 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."--Jacket
The almond picker by Simonetta Agnello Hornby( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 701 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 )
12 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and held by 618 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."--Jacket
The book of legendary lands by Umberto Eco( Book )
10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 479 libraries worldwide
From the epic poets of antiquity to contemporary writers of science fiction, from the authors of the Holy Scriptures to modern raconteurs of fairy tales, writers and storytellers through the ages have invented imaginary and mythical lands, projecting onto them all of our human dreams, ideals, and fears. Writer and cultural critic Umberto Eco leads us on a beautifully illustrated journey through these lands of myth and invention, showing us their inhabitants, the passions that rule them, their heroes and antagonists, and, above all, the importance they hold for us. He explores this human urge to create such places, the utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront things that are too incredible or challenging for our limited real world
The force of the past : a novel by Sandro Veronesi( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 400 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"--Jacket
La folie Baudelaire by Roberto Calasso( Book )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 385 libraries worldwide
Looks at the life, influence, and work of the French writer and founder of modernism
On beauty by Umberto Eco( Book )
9 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 368 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
The marchesa by Simonetta Agnello Hornby( Book )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 325 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
It's getting later all the time : a novel in the form of letters by Antonio Tabucchi( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 242 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 167 libraries worldwide
Proleterka, she has a violent, carnal schoolling with the sailors: "I had no experience of the other part of the world, the male part." Mesmerized by the desire to be experienced, she crisply narrates her trysts as well as her near-total neglect of her father. A ferocious study of distance and diffidence, S.S. Proleterka bottles at one hundred and eighty proof the "insomniac resentment" and cyclical nature of familial pain."--Jacket
In the name of the son : the life of Jesus in art, from the nativity to the passion by Vittorio Sgarbi( Book )
2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 133 libraries worldwide
From the late medieval period through the Renaissance and the Baroque era, the task of conferring an image onto Christ--whose physical aspect was never described in Scripture--fell to artists, who depicted him at every stage of life and in a multitude of roles. In the 350 images in this lavishly illustrated volume, Vittorio Sgarbi considers the variety and power of these portrayals: depictions of joy, suffering, anger, surprise, unmistakable judgment, mercy, weakness, gentleness, friendship, and even whimsy. The result moves beyond art to explore the fact that it was the image of the Son, and not the Father, that amplified the words of Scripture
Lands of glass by Alessandro Baricco( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 124 libraries worldwide
Quinnipak. Una ciudad imaginaria en la que convive una galería de extraordinarios personajes empeñados en construir castillos en el aire que irán desmoronándose hasta dejar un poso de tristeza o de rabia: el señor Rail, cuyo sueño es poseer un ferrocarril sólo para sentir el vértigo de la velocidad; su esposa, Jun, cuya belleza inspiró a Dios "la extravagante idea de pecado"; Pekisch, inventor de artilugios imposibles; Mormy, el niño bastardo capaz de detener el tiempo en su mirada ... Una novela construida como un puzzle o una fuga de personajes, historias y digresiones que confluyen de forma independiente hacia un sorprendente epílogo en el que descubriremos una amarga verdad. -- Publisher's website
Ogni promessa by Andrea Bajani( Book )
6 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 78 libraries worldwide
When Sarah leaves him - heartbroken by their inability to conceive - Pietro reverts to a younger self, leaving the dishes unwashed and his bed unmade. Soon afterwards, Sarah confesses that she is pregnant, but from a casual encounter. She comes to rely on Pietro's mother for support, leaving all three in a painful limbo, unable to move on or return to the way things were. Into the void falls Olmo, an old man haunted by memories of war. At first he provides a distraction, but when he asks Pietro to travel to Russia on his behalf
The zoo in you : discover the animals which live in you by David Taylor( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 72 libraries worldwide
Bacteria - Virus - Fungus - Amoeba - Medicinal leech - Flea - Louse - Roundworm - Mite - Malaria parasitet_
Envy by Alain Elkann( Book )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 64 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
Kant and the platypus : essays on language and cognition by Umberto Eco( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 16 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."--Jacket
The infinity of lists by Umberto Eco( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 13 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
Ocean sea by Alessandro Baricco( Book )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
A novel on a group of guests in a resort by the sea, tracing their lives and the fate that awaits them-- including love and murder. Among the guests are a painter, a philosopher, two women, a priest and a mysterious sailor. By an Italian writer, author of Silk
Fiat : the secrets of an epoch by Giorgio Garuzzo( file )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
This book is an authentic historical document, supported by extensive analytical information, in which former Fiat top manager Giorgio Garuzzo passionately recounts his experience within Fiat between 1976 and 1996. It is a narrative from the inside that sheds new light on events that have remained cloaked in mystery: the arrival and departure of Carlo De Benedetti, the "march of the forty thousand", the sacking of Vittorio Ghidella, the clashes between Umberto Agnelli and Cesare Romiti, the Group's involvement in the "clean hands" scandal, the role of Gianni Agnelli and his relationships with his brother and Cesare Romiti and the intervention of Mediobanca. Garuzzo discusses the issues connected with the range of cars and marques, touching on major themes of national or international relevance that were unrelated to Fiat but nonetheless conditioned its activities: terrorism and the unmanageability of the factories, inflation, the devaluation of the lira, the role of the trade unions and the General Confederation of Italian Industry, Japanese competition and European integration
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