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Author Manguel, Alberto.

Title The city of words : understanding civilisation through story / Alberto Manguel
Published St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2008


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  817.3081 M2777/C  AVAILABLE
 MELB  817.3081 M2777/C  AVAILABLE
Description 166 pages ; 20 cm
Series Massey Lectures ; 2007
Massey Lectures ; 2007
Contents I. The voice of Cassandra -- II. The tablets of Gilgamesh -- III. The bricks of Babel -- IV. The books of Don Quixote -- V. The screen of Hal
Summary "Based on the 2007 CBC Massey Lectures in Canada, also to be broadcast on ABC national radio in Australia in 2008, The City of Words takes a fresh look at the rise of violent intolerance in our societies. Many of us agree that the end of ethnic nationalism is a good idea. We strive to build societies that promote civic nationalism, with sets of values all citizens can agree on. But something has gone wrong: race riots in France, political murder in the Netherlands, bombings in Britain -- are these symptoms of a multicultural experiment gone awry? Why is it so difficult for us to live together when the alternatives are demonstrably horrifying? With his trademark wit and erudition, Alberto Manguel suggests a fresh approach: we should look at what visionaries, poets, novelists, essayists and filmmakers have to say about building societies. Perhaps the stories we tell hold secret keys to the human heart. From Cassandra to Jack London, the Epic of Gilgamesh to the computer Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Don Quixote to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Manguel draws fascinating and revelatory parallels between the personal and political realities of our present-day world and those of myth, legend and story."--Provided by publisher
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes First published Toronto, Canada : House of Anansi Press, 2007
Subject Toleration in literature.
Multiculturalism in literature.
Nationalism and literature.
Ethnic conflict.
Literature and society.
ISBN 9780702236846 paperback