In the tradition of his books On Beauty and On Ugliness and The Infinity of Lists, Umberto Eco presents an enthralling illustrated tour of the fabled places that have awed and eluded us through the ages.
"Eco is one of the most influential thinkers of our time" Los Angeles Times
From the epic poems of Homer to contemporary science fiction, from the Holy Scriptures to modern mythology and fairy tale, literature and art are full of illusory places we have at some time believed are real, and onto which we have projected our dreams, ideals and fears. Umberto Eco leads us on an illuminating journey through these legendary lands - Atlantis, Thule and Hyperborea, the Earth's interior and the Land of Cockaigne - and explores utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront concepts that are too incredible, or too challenging, for our limited real world.
In The Book of Legendary Lands the author's text is accompanied by several hundred carefully assembled works of art and literature; the result is a beautifully illustrated volume with broad and enduring appeal.
Translated from Italian by Alastair McEwen
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 868 g
Dimensions: 204 x 146 x 28 mm
It was love at first sight, What a stunning, great explosion of colour! Wonderful. * Big Issue in Scotland *
Prolonged scrutiny of such seductive utopias would turn anyone into a believer. * Radar, The Independent *
Presented by Eco in light and witty prose, these legendary places are made more vivid by many well-chosen illustrations and historic texts. * New Statesman *
Eco is our witty and erudite travel guide through these fantastical and theoretical worlds. * Catholic Herald *
You'll soon realise that the same sparkling intelligence that characterises Eco's "serious" writing is also at work here. * Times Literary Supplement *
Placing ancient and medieval texts beside contemporary stories, films beside poems, comics beside novels, it is a journey that is both erudite and enjoyable, and one that only Eco could have created. * PSYCHIC *
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