Baudolino

Autor: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Bompiani
ISBN: 8845251950
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" La storia di un cosmopolita che è a sua agio dappertutto. Forse il libro più bello di Umberto Eco, e certamente il più felice dopo Il nome della rosa. " Giovanni Mariotti, Corriere della Sera. " Esenza alcun dubbio il libro più lucido dello scrittore, e attraversato da una dominante atmosfera di fantasiosa ilarità, che si comunica al lettone nonostante egli si trovi fra massacri, occupazioni belliche, furti, incendi e altre impegnative opere di ravine. " Maria Corti, la Repubblica. " Lettura emozionante, maratona della fantasia, circo cinese di carta... scritto da un David Copperfield della penna. Con Baudolino Umberto Eco si è superato. " Frite J. Raddatz, Die Zeit. " Corne sempre Eco ha costruito un'intrigante avventura dotta e avvincente, arricchita da ammiccamenti storici e brillanti idee. " Raphaëlle Rérolle, Le Monde. " Sulle pagine di Baudolino la parola vive in tutta la sua forza e magia, capaci di creare una storia ricca d'intensità. " Lola Galàn, Il Pais.

Baudolino

Autor: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547537214
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It is April 1204, and Constantinople, the splendid capital of the Byzantine Empire, is being sacked and burned by the knights of the Fourth Crusade. Amid the carnage and confusion, one Baudolino saves a historian and high court official from certain death at the hands of the crusading warriors and proceeds to tell his own fantastical story. Born a simple peasant in northern Italy, Baudolino has two major gifts-a talent for learning languages and a skill in telling lies. When still a boy he meets a foreign commander in the woods, charming him with his quick wit and lively mind. The commander-who proves to be Emperor Frederick Barbarossa-adopts Baudolino and sends him to the university in Paris, where he makes a number of fearless, adventurous friends. Spurred on by myths and their own reveries, this merry band sets out in search of Prester John, a legendary priest-king said to rule over a vast kingdom in the East-a phantasmagorical land of strange creatures with eyes on their shoulders and mouths on their stomachs, of eunuchs, unicorns, and lovely maidens. With dazzling digressions, outrageous tricks, extraordinary feeling, and vicarious reflections on our postmodern age, this is Eco the storyteller at his brilliant best.

The Garlic Ballads

Autor: Mo Yan
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628722061
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This stunning work of historical fiction illustrates the harsh realities of modern China by the nation’s first Nobel Prize winner in literature. The farmers of Paradise County have been leading a hardscrabble life unchanged for generations. The Communist government has encouraged them to plant garlic, but selling the crop is not as simple as they believed. Warehouses fill up, taxes skyrocket, and government officials mistreat even those who have traveled for days to sell their harvest. A surplus on the garlic market ensues, and the farmers must watch as their crops wither and rot in the fields. As this is going on, families are destroyed by the random imprisonment of young and old for supposed crimes against the state. The prisoners languish in horrifying conditions in their cells, with only their strength of character and thoughts of their loved ones to save them from madness. Meanwhile, a blind minstrel incites the masses to take the law into their own hands, and a riot escalates to savage and unforgettable consequences. The Garlic Ballads is a powerful vision of life under the heel of an inflexible and uncaring government. Based on an uprising in rural China in 1987, this book is also a delicate story of love between man and woman, father and child, friend and friend—and the struggle to maintain that love despite overwhelming obstacles.

The Mysterious Flame Of Queen Loana

Autor: Umberto Eco
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156030434
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Having suffered a complete loss of memory regarding every aspect of his own identity, rare book dealer Yambo withdraws to a family home nested between Milan and Turin, where he sorts through boxes of old records and experiences memories in the form of a graphic novel. By the author of Baudolino. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.

Must We Divide History Into Periods

Autor: Jacques Le Goff
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023154040X
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We have long thought of the Renaissance as a luminous era that marked a decisive break with the past, but the idea of the Renaissance as a distinct period arose only during the nineteenth century. Though the view of the Middle Ages as a dark age of unreason has softened somewhat, we still locate the advent of modern rationality in the Italian thought and culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Jacques Le Goff pleads for a strikingly different view. In this, his last book, he argues persuasively that many of the innovations we associate with the Renaissance have medieval roots, and that many of the most deplorable aspects of medieval society continued to flourish during the Renaissance. We should instead view Western civilization as undergoing several "renaissances" following the fall of Rome, over the course of a long Middle Ages that lasted until the mid-eighteenth century. While it is indeed necessary to divide history into periods, Le Goff maintains, the meaningful continuities of human development only become clear when historians adopt a long perspective. Genuine revolutions—the shifts that signal the end of one period and the beginning of the next—are much rarer than we think.

Schaum S Outline Of Italian Vocabulary Second Edition

Autor: Luigi Bonaffini
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 0071819290
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The ideal review for your Italian course More than 40 million students have trusted Schaum’s Outlines for their expert knowledge and helpful solved problems. Written by renowned experts in their respective fields, Schaum’s Outlines cover everything from math to science, nursing to language. The main feature for all these books is the solved problems. Step-by-step, authors walk readers through coming up with solutions to exercises in their topic of choice. 218 exercises with answers Outline format facilitates quick and easy review of Italian vocabulary Exercises to help you test your mastery of Italian vocabulary Appropriate for the following courses: Introduction to Italian; Italian I; Italian II; Intermediate Italian; Self Studies in Italian Easy-to-follow review of Italian vocabulary Supports all the major textbooks for Italian courses

The Book Of Legendary Lands

Autor: Umberto Eco
Publisher: MacLehose Press
ISBN: 9780857052964
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In the tradition of On Beauty, On Ugliness and The Infinity of Lists, Umberto Eco presents an enthralling and erudite illustrated tour of the fabled places that have awed and eluded us through the ages. From the epic poems of Homer to contemporary science fiction, from the Holy Scriptures to modern mythology and fairy tale, literature and art are full of illusory places we have at some time believed are real, and onto which we have projected our dreams, ideals and fears. Umberto Eco leads us on an illuminating journey through these legendary lands - Atlantis, Thule and Hyperborea, the Earth's interior and the Land of Cockaigne - and explores utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront concepts that are too incredible, or too challenging, for our limited real world. In The Book of Legendary Lands the author's text is accompanied by several hundred carefully assembled works of art and literature; the result is a beautifully illustrated volume with broad and enduring appeal.

Where Tigers Are At Home

Autor: Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
ISBN: 1590515625
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A writer's family life unravels when he begins editing an odd, unpublished biography, his ex-wife embarks on a dangerous geological expedition, his daughter travels on sexually charged trips, and the writer descends into madness.