Book of Legendary Lands

ISBN-10: 0847841219

ISBN-13: 9780847841219

Edition: 2013

Authors: Umberto Eco

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A fascinating illustrated tour of the fabled places in literature and folklore that have awed, troubled, and eluded us through the ages. From the epic poets of antiquity to contemporary writers of science fiction, from the authors of the Holy Scriptures to modern raconteurs of fairy tales, writers and storytellers through the ages have invented imaginary and mythical lands, projecting onto them all of our human dreams, ideals, and fears. In the tradition of his acclaimed History of Beauty, On Ugliness, and The Infinity of Lists, renowned writer and cultural critic Umberto Eco leads us on a beautifully illustrated journey through these lands of myth and invention, showing us their inhabitants, the passions that rule them, their heroes and antagonists, and, above all, the importance they hold for us. He explores this human urge to create such places, the utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront things that are too incredible or challenging for our limited real world. Illuminated with more than 300 color images, The Book of Legendary Lands is both erudite and thoroughly enjoyable, bringing together disparate elements of our shared literary legacy in a way only Umberto Eco can. Homer’s poems and other ancient and medieval texts are presented side by side with Gulliver’s Travels and Alice in Wonderland; Tolkien shares space with Marco Polo’s Books of the Marvels of the World; films complement poems, and comics inform novels. Together, these stories have influenced the sensibilities and worldview of all of us.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/5/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.344
Language: English

Umberto Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5, 1932. He received a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Turin in 1954. His first book, Il Problema Estetico in San Tommaso, was an extension of his doctoral thesis on St. Thomas Aquinas and was published in 1956. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was published in 1980 and won the Premio Strega and the Premio Anghiar awards in 1981. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, and The Prague Cementary.

Introduction
The Flat Earth and the Antipodes
Biblical Lands
The Lands of Homer and the Seven Wonders
The Wonders of the East, from Alexander to Prester John
The Earthly Paradise, the Isles of the Blessed, and El Dorado
Atlantis, Mu, and Lemuria
Ultima Thule and Hyperborea
The Migrations of the Grail
Alamut, the Old Man of the Mountain, and the Assassins
The Land of Cockaigne
The Islands of Utopia
The Island of Solomon and the Austral Land
The Interior of the Earth, the Polar Myth, and Agartha
The Invention of Rennes-le-Chateau
Fictional Places and Their Truth
Appendices
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