This is Not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Jean-Claude Carrière

A wide-ranging conversation between two European intellectuals is brimming with enthusiasm

Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian Nicholas Clee

Photograph: Sarah Lee for the Guardian Nicholas Clee

This book might have been intensely irritating. Two European intellectuals meet, and are encouraged by their “curator” Jean-Philippe de Tonnac to show off – for, if they do not put on an exhibition of erudite debate, what is the point of recording them? And show off they do, ranging in their talk from cave paintings to Italian neorealism, from hieroglyphs to computer code, from the 17th-century German Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher to Dan Brown, from the teachings of Jesus and Buddha to those of cultists. Reading the jacket blurb, one is inclined to give a hand gesture associated with a four-letter word beginning with “w”. [Read the rest at the link below]


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