On Ugliness: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco
книга On Ugliness: Umberto Eco, автор: Umberto Eco

On Ugliness: Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco
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ID: 15318
Видавництво: MacLehose Press
Палітурка: Paperback, 16.2 x 20.5 cm
Кількість сторінок: 456
Рік видання: 2010
Мова: English
ISBN-13: 9780857051622

Beauty and ugliness are two sides of the same coin; by ugliness we usually mean the opposite of beauty and we often define the first in order to understand the nature of the second. But the various depictions of ugliness over the centuries are richer and more unpredictable than is commonly thought. The striking images and anthological quotations in On Ugliness lead us on an extraordinary journey through the passions, terrors and nightmares of almost three thousand years, where acts of rejection go hand in hand with touching instances of empathy, and seductive violations of all classical canons accompany an aversion to deformity. With his characteristic wit and erudition, Umberto Eco draws on examples in art and literature from ancient times to the present day. Abundantly illustrated with demons, madmen, vile enemies and disquieting presences, with freaks and the living dead, On Ugliness is conceived for a vast and diverse readership, and is an invaluable companion volume to On Beauty.

About the Author:

Umberto Eco's first novel, The Name of the Rose (1982), was a huge bestseller which brought him worldwide acclaim. With his subsequent works of fiction, philosophy, literary criticism and semiotics, he has been recognised as one of Europe's finest thinkers. He is currently President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Humanistici and the University of Bologna. He is also known for his lavishly illustrated anthologies, On BeautyOn UglinessThe Infinity of Lists and The Book of Legendary Lands.