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Serendipities

Language And Lunacy

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Serendipities by Umberto Eco
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SERENDIPITIES is an iconoclastic, dazzlingly erudite and witty demonstration, by one of the world's most brilliant thinkers, of how myths and lunacies can produce historical developments of no small significance. In Eco's words, 'even errors can produce interesting side effects'. Eco's book shows how: -- believers in a flat earth helped Columbus accidentally discover America -- the medieval myth of Prester John, the Christian king in Asia, assisted the European drive eastward -- the myth of the Rosicrucians affected the Masons, leading in turn to the widespread belief in a Jewish masonic plot to dominate the world and other forms of paranoid anti-Semitism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Author Biography

Umberto Eco is Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna and one of the world's most famous -- and admired -- writers.
Release date NZ
February 3rd, 2000
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Contributor
Translated by William Weaver
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pages
176
Dimensions
169x198x14
ISBN-13
9780753808788
Product ID
1665107

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