And Other Occasional Writings

222pp ILLUS 2012 OUT OF PRINT L979



This collection of essays covers a range of topics on which Eco has written and lectured over the last ten years, from the discussion of ideas that inspired his earlier novels – exploring lost islands, mythical realms and the medieval world in the process – to a disquisition on the theme that runs through his most recent novel, The Prague Cemetery, that every country needs an enemy, real or invented. Eco examines topics as diverse as St Thomas Aquinas’ notions about the soul of an unborn child, indignant reviews of James Joyce’s Ulysses by fascist journalists of the 1920s and 1930s, censorship, violence and Wikileaks.

Whether discussing the relationship between our knowledge and God, abortion, stem cells, embryos [or] right to life . . . this collection gleams with clarity, depth and wisdom. GOOD BOOK GUIDE