The City of Words

The City of Words

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Publisher's Synopsis

In this most original and stimulating study Alberto Manguel, award winning author of A History of Reading, sets out to investigate the ways in which stories can lend an identity to a whole society. From Gilgamesh to the Bible, from Don Quixote to The Fast Runner, Manguel explores how books can hold the secret to what binds us together. His thesis is argued here in an engrossing and highly personal book that encompasses narratives of autobiography, mythology, history and theology. He also raises concerns that technological developments - the internet, for one -  may well fatally undermine the publishing industry and threaten the survival of the individual around whom the entire literary industry was originally constructed: the beleaguered author. Do innovations like CD-Rom replace creative readers with passive viewers? This book is also about the art of reading, at a time when Manguel argues that it is still possible for stories to change us and the world we live in.

Book information

ISBN: 9781441163707
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Imprint: Bloomsbury Continuum
Pub date:
DEWEY: 306.488
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 190g
Height: 192mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 14mm