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Chronicles of a Liquid Society (Paperback)
In these pieces, written for his regular column in L’Espresso magazine, Eco brings his dazzling erudition and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, being seen, conspiracies, the old and the young, new technologies, mass media, racism, and good manners. It is a final gift to his readers—astute, witty, and illuminating.
“A swan song from one of Europe’s great intellectuals . . . [Eco] entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity.” — Kirkus Reviews
“An intelligent, intriguing, and often hilariously incisive set of observations on contemporary follies and changing mores.” — Publishers Weekly
“Chronicles of a Liquid Society is a wonderful reminder of a great writer, thinker, and human being.” — Toronto Star
About the Author
“A swan song from one of Europe’s great intellectuals. After publishing numerous novels, criticism, essays, and so much more, Eco died in 2016 at the age of 84. Like a few others before him, including Edmund Wilson and Lionel Trilling, among others, Eco proved that one could write for many audiences...There’s a distinct Italian lean to these pieces, so some travel better than others, but it’s not so much the information they convey as much as the intellect and thought processes of the conveyor...Eco entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity...There’s much here to enjoy and ponder.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Eco’s writing reveals a humanist in every sense of the word, well acquainted with the classics of Western civilization and able to take a broad, often amused view of human affairs...Dixon’s translation is seamless, capturing Eco’s erudite style...This volume’s primary reward lies in the pleasure of watching a finely calibrated, expansive, and logical mind build an argument or deconstruct cant. Eco has left us an intelligent, intriguing, and often hilariously incisive set of observations on contemporary follies and changing mores.”—Publishers Weekly
“Endless material for conversation.”—Library Journal