Thursday, November 13

The Book of Legendary Lands - Umberto Eco

"Celebrated Italian novelist, philosopher, essayist, literary critic, and list-lover Umberto Eco has had a long fascination with the symbolic and the metaphorical, extending all the way back to his vintage semiotic children’s books. Half a century later, he revisits the mesmerism of the metaphorical and the symbolic in The Book of Legendary Lands — an illustrated voyage into history’s greatest imaginary places, with all their fanciful inhabitants and odd customs, on scales as large as the mythic continent Atlantis and as small as the fictional location of Sherlock Holmes’s apartment."
brain pickings
NY Times: Exploring Imaginary Lands With One of Italy’s Masters of Fiction
News Statesman: Umberto Eco and why we still dream of utopia