A very good pbk copy. 8vo. 372pp with b/w illustrations and plates throughout. Flamingo, 1996. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: This study of the history of reading goes from the earliest examples of the clay tablets and cuneiform of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt via the invention of printing in the 15th century to the birth of a mass reading public and today's digital revolution. It argues that it is the demands and expectations of the reader, acting alongside the creative will of the writer, that is the evolutionary motor of literary forms and genres. From man's first use of the written word simply as a form of reference, to the emergence of the first holy or devotional texts, and onto the development of fictions, both poetic and novelistic, this work aims to both challenge and enlighten.
Review: This wide-ranging and erudite exploration of the topic of reading is suffused with the spirit of Manguel's fellow Argentinian Jorge Luis Borges. Manguel takes us through the history of reading as if leading us room by room through the infinite library Borges constructed in one of his famous stories. Manguel's approach is not chronological, but thematic. His chapter topics jump from attempts to censor reading to the physical surroundings favored by readers, from the limitations of translations to the esotericism of books written for a restricted readership. Throughout he moves easily through time and geography to quote anecdotes and examples from diverse sources. Manguel's enthusiasm, and the impressive breadth of his reading, will make his readers eager to rush to the nearest library.
Titel: A History of Reading.
Einband: Trade Paperback
Zustand: Very Good
Buchbeschreibung New York : Random House, 2000, 2000. , 2d printing, stated First U.S. Edition, xi, 337pp., very good dust-jacket, light wear, very good blue hardcover CONTENTS: The common viewer : the image as story -- Joan Mitchell : the image as absence -- Robert Campin : the image as riddle -- Tina Modotti : the image as witness -- Lavinia Fontana : the image as understanding -- Marianna Gartner : the image as nightmare -- Philoxenus : the image as reflection -- Pablo Picasso : the image as violence -- Aleijadinho : the image as subversion -- C.-N. Ledoux : the image as philosophy -- Peter Eisenman : the image as memory -- Caravaggio : the image as theatre. ISBN 0375503021. Artikel-Nr. 40939
Buchbeschreibung New York, Viking [Penguin Group]., 1996. Original publisher's black cloth spine, paper-covered boards, gilt lettering spine, pictorial dustjacket, thick large 8vo: [xj], 372pp., richly illustrated, chapternotes & references, credits, index. Fine copy. Artikel-Nr. 158003
Buchbeschreibung London : Bloomsbury, 2001. 17 x 24 cm Originalkartoniert. dunkler kartonierter Einband im Oktavformat mit Schutzumschlag; gutes Exemplar mit zahlreichen Abbildungen - well-kept, clean copy with a great many of illustrations and coloured reproductions 337 Seiten Englisch 1g. Artikel-Nr. 105466
Buchbeschreibung New York [ua] Viking, 1996. 1. 1. American ed. 24x17,5 cm. 372 S. zahlr. Ill. Half cloth with gilt back title in good condition. Jacket as well good (very easily rubbed on top). Inside very clean. At one magical instant in your early childhood, that page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. These . pages spill over with tales of book thieves and anarchists, book burners and censors; we marvel at the women of repressive 11th century Japan, who invented their own reading material., and the African-American slaves who risked mutilation when they learned to read. Manguel lingers over reading as seduction, as rebellion, as obsession, and goes on to trace the never-before-told story of the reader's progress form clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM. Half cloth with gilt back title in good condition. Jacket as well good (very easily rubbed on top). Artikel-Nr. 7914DB
Buchbeschreibung Random House 2000., 2000. XIV, 337 pp. Illustrated. Publisher's hard cover, dust-jacket. A very good copy. Artikel-Nr. 177017