Turning Back the Clock by Umberto Eco
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Turning Back the Clock
By Umberto Eco

Turning Back the Clock

Hot Wars and Media Populism

By (author) See other recent books by Umberto Eco
Translated by Alastair McEwen See other recent books by Alastair McEwen
Format: Hardback

Checking availability...



Turning Back the Clock by Umberto Eco

Book Description

"Turning Back the Clock" is a brilliant collection of essays by one of the leading intellectuals of our time. With his customary sharpness and wit, Eco explains the tragic steps backwards that have been taken since the end of the last millennium. After the Cold War, the 'Hot War' has made its comeback in Afghanistan and Iraq. Exhuming Kipling's 'Great Game', we have gone back to the clash between Islam and Christianity. The ghost of the Yellow Danger has been resurrected, the nineteenth-century anti-Darwin debate has been reopened, right-wing governments predominate. It almost seems like history, tired of the big steps forward it has taken in the past two millennia, has gone into reverse. This book proposes not so much that we resume a forward march, but at the very least that we cease marching backwards.

Buy Turning Back the Clock book by Umberto Eco from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9781846550355
ISBN-10: 1846550351
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 162mm x 35mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Harvill Secker
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Umberto Eco

Numero Zero by Umberto Eco Numero Zero, Paperback (July 2016)

1945, Lake Como. Mussolini and his mistress are captured and shot by local partisans. The precise circumstances of Il Duce's death remain shrouded in confusion and controversy. 1992, Milan. Colonna takes a job at a fledgling newspaper financed by a powerful media magnate.

Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco Book of Legendary Lands, Paperback (September 2015)

Umberto Eco explores the most distant realms of our imagination

» View all books by Umberto Eco

Reviews

US Kirkus Review » The prolific novelist, essayist and philosopher comes this time as a latter-day Walter Lippmann in this gathering of journalism, most of which first appeared in two Italian newspapers.Eco (The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, 2005, etc.) considers the disquieting retrograde circumstances of world civilization, discussing topics as diverse as racism, Harry Potter and the Tower of Babel. He urges us to be aware of the difference between science (generally a good thing) and technology (sometimes not so good). He notes that, since the end of the Cold War, "paleowar" has given way to "neowar"; armed conflict now has no front and, ultimately, no winner. Neowar is media-based and the cure is unlikely: universal peace. Eco's wide-ranging journalism speculates on the difficulties of theocracy and private schools, on the instructions of Mussolini and Thucydides, on the uses of the crucifix and the soul of an embryo. He also has some witty things to say about The Da Vinci Code and Mel Gibson's version of The Passion. Throughout, Eco provokes readers with his arsenal of classical learning and easy humor. He reflects on anti-Semitism, Latin etymology, fundamentalist hermeneutics, village idiots (aka politicians) and, finally, death. Though some commentary is dated (e.g., what will become of Saddam?), the writing exudes an easygoing, natural intelligence. Italian politics, especially some easy potshots at the Berlusconi regime, gets much ink. (Lest readers this side of the Atlantic tend to nod, be assured there are lessons to be learned when such politicos make state interests coincide with their private interests.) The sagacious author, a professional semiotician, presents commentary on the difficulties of communication, with exposures of bunkum and cant reminiscent of Orwell. If confusion still exists, he declares, "I'm not the one who confuses ideas; we have merely discussed ideas that are confused, and it's a good thing if we understand that they are confused "Entertainment and a bit of wisdom for a thinking audience. (Kirkus Reviews)


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Turning Back the Clock book by Umberto Eco and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco (1932-2016) wrote fiction, literary criticism and philosophy. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was a major international bestseller. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, The Prague Cemetery and Numero Zero along with many brilliant collections of essays.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Umberto Eco close
The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
Numero Zero by Umberto Eco
Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco
How to Write a Thesis by Umberto Eco
Serendipities by Umberto Eco
Story of the Betrothed by Umberto Eco
Tristano by Umberto Eco
Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco
Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco
Inventing the Enemy by Umberto Eco
Belief or Nonbelief? by Umberto Eco
Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco
This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco
Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco
On Ugliness by Umberto Eco
Notebook by Umberto Eco
Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco
»
Recent books by Alastair McEwen close
Book of Legendary Lands by Alastair McEwen
Book of Legendary Lands by Alastair McEwen
Every Promise by Alastair McEwen
Every Promise by Alastair McEwen
It's Getting Later All the Time by Alastair McEwen
Folie Baudelaire by Alastair McEwen
Infinity of Lists by Alastair McEwen
French Father by Alastair McEwen
On Ugliness by Alastair McEwen
On Beauty by Alastair McEwen
History of Beauty by Alastair McEwen
Infinity of Lists by Alastair McEwen
Turning Back the Clock by Alastair McEwen
Turning Back the Clock by Alastair McEwen
Ocean Sea by Alastair McEwen
Marchesa by Alastair McEwen
Envy by Alastair McEwen
Experiences in Translation by Alastair McEwen
Age of Flowers by Alastair McEwen
Five Moral Pieces by Alastair McEwen
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close