‘Restlessly curious, insightful, and quirky, David Damrosch is the perfect guide to a round-the-world adventure in reading’ Stephen GreenblattA transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, told through eighty classic and modern books’It is always a pleasure to talk about books with David Damrosch, who has read all of them, and he is so eloquent and understanding about them all’ Orhan PamukInspired by Jules Verne’s hero Phileas Fogg, David Damrosch, chair of Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature and founder of Harvard’s Institute for World Literature, set out to counter a pandemic’s restrictions on travel by exploring eighty exceptional books from around the globe. Following a literary itinerary from London to Venice, Tehran and points beyond, and via authors from Woolf and Dante to Nobel prizewinners Orhan Pamuk, Wole Soyinka, Mo Yan and Olga Tokarczuk, he explores how these works have shaped our idea of the world, and the ways the world bleeds into literature.To chart the expansive landscape of world literature today, Damrosch explores how writers live in two very different the world of their personal experience, and the world of books that have enabled great writers to give shape and meaning to their lives.
ISBN: 9780241501023 AUTHOR: DAVID DAMROSCH ISBN: 9780241501023 Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS Subtitle:
In this indispensable, concise and thoroughly entertaining book, Professor Joscelyn Godwin, the translator of the first complete English edition of the Hypnerotomachia, guides the reader through its labyrinthine pages and unlocks the secrets and mysteries within Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s novel. He brings to life the worlds of both the Renaissance reader and the young Princeton undergraduate, setting both in the context of their time and place. Erudite and engaging, The Real Rule of Four is the perfect companion piece to The Rule of Four.
ISBN: 0099492490 Publisher: ARROW BOOKS Subtitle: THE UNAUTHORISED GUIDE TO THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Author: JOSCELYN GODWIN
George Eliot’s Romola, writes Robert Kiely in his Introduction, embodies the author’s “wrestling with her own best theories of history and human nature as a creative experiment of the highest order.” Set in Florence in 1492, a time of great political and religious turmoil, Eliot’s novel blends vivid fictional characters with historical figures such as Savonarola, Machiavelli, and the Medicis. When Romola, the virtuous daughter of a blind scholar, marries Tito Melema, a charismatic young Greek, she is bound to a man whose escalating betrayals threaten to destroy all that she holds dear. Profoundly inspired by Savonarola’s teachings, then crushed by the religious leader’s ultimate failure, Romola finds her salvation in noble self-sacrifice.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the 1878 Cabinet Edition.
ISBN: 9780375761218 Publisher: THE MODERN LIBRARY Subtitle: Author: GEORGE ELIOT