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Trickster Makes This World: How Disruptive Imagination Creates Culture (Paperback)Lewis Hyde (author)
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A heartfelt paean to the cultural import of creative disrupters, Trickster Makes This World compares and contrasts the stories of ancient gods such as Hermes and Eshu with modern creators like Picasso and Ginsberg to celebrate the revolutionary impact of tricksters through time.
Trickster disrupted the world around him, and in doing so he reshaped it. Playful, mischievous, subversive, amoral, tricksters are a great bother to have around, but they are also indispensable heroes of culture.
Trickster Makes This World revisits the stories of Coyote, Eshu and Hermes and holds them up against the life and work of more recent creators: Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Allen Ginsberg, Maxine Hong Kingston and others. Authoritative in its scholarship, supple and dynamic in its style, Trickster Makes This World encourages you to think and see afresh.
Publisher: Canongate Books
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
Edition: Main - Canons edition
'This book is a revelation' - The Times
'A modern classic... which celebrates the power of disruptive imagination' - Guardian
'A glorious grab-bag stuffed with necessary loot, a joyful plum pudding rich in treasures' - Margaret Atwood
'His big ideas are seriously good ones' - Guardian
'An act of pure pleasure from first to last' - Michael Chabon
'Hyde is one of our true superstars of non-fiction... Both brilliant (intellectually, literarily) and wise (psychologically, spiritually, you-name-itally)' - David Foster Wallace
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