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Neste ensaio ilustrado Umberto Eco discorre sobre a história de lugares como Camelot Atlântida o paradeiro do Santo Graal Lemúria a ilha de Salomão o Eldorado e o país da rainha de Sabá lendas tão bem construídas pela literatura e disseminadas em pinturas filmes e canções ue muita gente pode acreditar ue são reais Ao aliar uma antologia de textos a uma pesuisa iconográfica impecável o autor descreve o ue há de interessante por trás das terras ue fascinaram tantos artistas ao longo dos séculos Este livro dá seuência aos projetos bem sucedidos de 'História da beleza' 'História da feiura' e 'Vertigem das listas' Com formato e projetos editoriais idênticos eles compõem esta série essencial do autor


10 thoughts on “Storia delle terre e dei luoghi leggendari

  1. says:

    This is not an easy book to review The subject matter is definitely fascinating The author takes us on a trip through almost every legendary landplace imaginable from the many variations of Atlantis through Thule Mu the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World the myth of the Sangraal and the knights of Arthur's Court; he even talks at length about Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code and the sources it's based uponBut what is this book about? Does he propose theories as to where we can find these fabled lands? Not at all His intent and it is very welcome is to share how these myths have evolved through time and how different authors have altered the location of these lands and at times the content of the legends themselves; not to mention some lands are created based upon other myths Umberto Eco pretends to open our eyes and minds with logic fact and wit and I daresay he succeedsThe author also wins extra points from me for including extracts of the works he analyzes and criticizes at the end of each chapter so that the reader can well read and judge for himself You'll be able to read anything from Marco Polo to Jules VerneThis books definitely deserves a space in your bookshelf


  2. says:

    i love travelling to real and imaginative places the real nice thing is when you mix the two you travel to a spot and you find out that you got to paradise on earth or to the land of the Bible Eco does it beautifully and the book is a great joyi have it in the Hebrew translation i guess there is one in English as well


  3. says:

    Thoroughly documented it has a lot of facts and dates not to mention the multitude of uotes from different other authors in regard to each particular place And it has a lot of illustrations famous paintings ancient maps etc which for me were the best part of the book Overall uite interesting but no so captivatingThe edition is exuisite hardcover glossy pages colored illustrations – a small and heavy jewel


  4. says:

    Where this is brilliant is as an art history book giving the context for a huge variety of works maps lots of luscious yummy maps paintings illuminated and illustrated manuscripts decorative art works etc If I was richer I'd buy a copy to keep just for the maps The book has a lovely heft and I like it very much as a physical object The writing is exceptionally well referenced Each section finishes with a selection of original texts So I guess It's Eco's writing where I felt let down by the book His sections seemed to merely summarize what the original sources then discuss I wasn't sure why his sections were included tbh what was the overarching point? Someone else commented that it's weaker in this regard than History of BeautyOn Ugliness and I definitely agree The book might have been stronger if the original sections had been left to speak for themselvesUgh Brain Pickings has a bunch of pages from this and it makes me want it even


  5. says:

    I was expecting something like On Beauty but it's nowhere near as considered or insightful Little than a brief overview of the key texts from a number of legends followed by excerpts from those texts which just demonstrate that the overviews were accurateThere's little broader context given and no real attempt to analyse the meanings of these legends Nor is there any attempt to be comprehensive An odd book and than a touch disappointing Nice pictures though and readable I was just expecting something


  6. says:

    I really liked this book It wasn't what I was expecting though For some reason I expected it to be about literary lands the misunderstanding is my fault because I briefly heard of it and decided to read it without even reading the description It is actually about various lands that aren't real but that people have really searched for Like AtlantisIt is fascinating and full of interesting facts that I kept reading aloud to Joel It also ends with a wonderful chapter discussing how these sort of legendary lands differ from the fictional lands in books Well worth the time


  7. says:

    Beautiful images boring prose an amazing lack of organization and an impressive absence of consistency in detail It almost seems that Eco grew bored of his own writing and decided to end every chapter with a bunch of direct uotations A true disapointment literally reminding us not to judge a book by the images it contains


  8. says:

    This one I mark read as I went through it but like books of its type it is not one to ever finish reading as you can always find something new and interesting in it


  9. says:

    A beautiful inspiring and also sophisticated bookUmberto Eco managed to write a book which is fully eual to similar already existing works such as The Atlas of Legendary Lands or Lost Lands Forgotten Realms Very convincing the selection of images There are several we did not know yet From an aesthetic point of view a really beautiful book And very convincing too the textual elaboration On the basis of Atlantis for example we see clearly that Umberto Eco did not just copy what others repeated already a thousand times Rather did Umberto Eco find even in this controversial issue his own convincing pathIn detail on this example For Eco the history of the various Atlantis localizations is not as so often a menacing climax with National Socialism as culmination wagging forefinger It is rather a journey through history with National Socialism as one stop of several Olof Rudbeck too is no crackpot baroue Nazi for Eco but a serious baroue scholar who just erred Someone like Umberto Eco knows how to place these things properly of course In the video for the book the connection of Hyperborea astonishingly not Atlantis to the Holocaust is drawn too closely as if someone who reads and thinks about the ancient Hyperborea resp Atlantis would become a National Socialist well it is only the video therefore let's forget it Let us leave the vexed and vain NS topic and come to Atlantis itself Already in his Foucault's Pendulum Eco was pleasently reserved concerning Atlantis this applies here too The Atlantis map of the baroue scholar Athanasius Kircher is called correctly a map of the site of Atlantis not as a map which allegedly displays the exact shape of Atlantis Also does Umberto Eco not repeat the terrible tale that Aristotle allegedly considered Plato's Atlantis explicitly to be an invention cf on the clarification of this common misconception Franke Aristotle and Atlantis 2012 Also much learned than the usual nonsense is Eco's opinion that assertions of the truth of a story since Lucian's True History sound like an indicator for a fictional story this is well said Since Lucian but not yet in Plato's time Conclusion As we can see with the Atlantis example real uality is offered to the reader This is not just a copy paste collage labelled with Umberto Eco but this is really the polymath Umberto Eco himself who presents to the great pleasure of the reader the colourful variety of his knowledge about various legendary places in word and picture


  10. says:

    Eco writes in the introduction Legendary lands and places are of various kinds and have only one characteristic in common whether they depend on ancient legends whose origins are lost in the mists of time or whether they are an effect of a modern invention they have created flows of belief The reality of these illusions is the subject of this bookSaint Sever World Map from the 'Saint Sever Beatus' 1086T and O map Bartholomaeus Angelicus 'Le livre des propriétés des choses' 1392Map of Palmanova from Franz Hogenberg and Georg Braun 'Civitates orbis terrarum' 1572–1616