The final collection of essays from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery, on the subjects of art and culture.
The final collection from the internationally acclaimed and bestselling author of The Name of the Rose and The Prague Cemetery, on the subjects of art and culture.
In this collection of essays we find Umberto Eco’s perennial areas of interest explored in a lively and engaging style, accompanied by beautiful reproductions of the art he discusses. In these wide-ranging pieces he explores the roots of our civilization, changing ideas of beauty, our obsession with conspiracies and the emblematic heroes of the great narrative, amongst other fascinating topics.
Umberto Eco was one of the most influential, and entertaining, intellectuals of the last century, as well as being a critically acclaimed and bestselling writer of both fiction and non-fiction.
“Unlike many academics, he [Eco] had the ability to write in an accessible and engaging style… This book consists of 12 essays… Reading them is exhilarating… Almost every page of this entrancing book invites questions and provokes reflections”
Allan Massie, Scotsman
“On the Shoulders of Giants…captures Eco on some of his most generous and scintillating form as a lecturer, breezing along with a lifetime’s material at his fingertips”
Tim Smith-Laing, Daily Telegraph