Inventing the Enemy: Essays

By Umberto Eco

“Underscores the writer’s profound erudition, full of life wit, and fervour for concepts of all styles and sizes . . . Eco’s excitement in such explorations is apparent and contagious.” — Booklist

Inventing the Enemy
covers a variety of subject matters on which Eco has written and lectured during the last ten years: from a disquisition at the topic that runs via his contemporary novel The Prague Cemetery — each kingdom wishes an enemy, and if it doesn’t have one, needs to invent it — to a dialogue of rules that experience encouraged his previous novels (and within the strategy he is taking us on an exploration of misplaced islands, legendary nation-states, and the medieval world); from offended reports of James Joyce’s Ulysses by fascist reporters of the Twenties and Thirties, to an exam of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s notions in regards to the soul of an unborn baby, to censorship and violence and WikiLeaks.

These are essays filled with ardour, interest, and obsession through one of many world’s so much esteemed students and seriously acclaimed, best-selling novelists.

“True wit and knowledge coexist with fierce scholarship inside of Umberto Eco, a author who truly is familiar with something or approximately being really human.” — Buffalo News

"Thought upsetting . . . nuanced . . . the gathering amply indicates off Eco's refined, agile mind." — Publishers Weekly

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