Trickster Makes This World: How Disruptive Imagination Creates Culture (Paperback)
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Trickster Makes This World: How Disruptive Imagination Creates Culture (Paperback)

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Published: 06/04/2017
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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
ISBN: 9781786890504
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 315 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
Edition: Main - Canons edition


MEDIA REVIEWS

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, Los Angeles Times

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

Lewis Hyde's second masterpiece - Margaret Atwood

A masterpiece . . . The thrilling thing about reading non-fiction such as Hyde's is not just that it gives you new thoughts: it also changes the way you think - Scotland on Sunday

Brilliant...By the time he is done he has folded language, culture, and the very habit of being human into his ken - The New Yorker

Hyde is far more than an astute cultural critic; he's an original and important thinker. Pass it on - Geoff Dyer

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“Philosophy, creativity, culture, storytelling and the importance of the Trickster archetype.”

While the author takes in Hermes (Classical Greece), Eshu (Yoruba), Loki (Norse), The Monkey King (China), Coyote (indigenous N America), Ananse and Aunt Nancy (Ashanti) and Wakdjunkagla (Winnebago), Inanna... More

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