Chronicles of a Liquid Society by Umberto Eco

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Even when he’s apologizing for not writing prefaces for people’s books, Eco entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity. Although some of these pieces have a tired feel, there’s much here to enjoy and ponder.
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A posthumous collection of essays about the modern world from one of Europe’s greatest, and best-selling, literary figures

Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. In this, his last collection, the celebrated essayist and novelist observes the changing world around him with irrepressible curiosity and profound wisdom. He sees with fresh eyes the upheaval in ideological values, the crises in politics, and the unbridled individualism that have become the backdrop of our lives—a “liquid” society in which it’s not easy to find a polestar, though stars and starlets abound.
 
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 reader—astute, witty, and illuminating.
 

About Umberto Eco

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UMBERTO ECO is a professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna and the best-selling author of numerous novels and essays. He lives in Italy.
 
Published November 14, 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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on Aug 21 2017

Even when he’s apologizing for not writing prefaces for people’s books, Eco entertains with his intellect, humor, and insatiable curiosity. Although some of these pieces have a tired feel, there’s much here to enjoy and ponder.

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Reviewed by Robert Wiersema on Dec 29 2017

Chronicles of a Liquid Society, for all of its weight and intellectual significance, is full of moments like that, small self-aware glimpses that feel like the bemused twinkling of an eye.

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