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The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

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SKU: 9786175695258
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Author Martin Puchner
Translator Andrii Bondar
Publisher Темпора
Publication date 2022
Print length 460
ISBN 978-617-569-525-8
Language Ukrainian
Cover Paperback
Dimensions 130x200 mm

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In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal how stories and literature have created the world we have today. Through sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature, he shows us how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs.

We meet Murasaki, a lady from eleventh-century Japan who wrote the first novel, The Tale of Genji, and follow Miguel de Cervantes's adventures as he battles seafaring and literary pirates. We watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. Puchner takes us to Troy, Pergamum, and China speaks with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, and introduces us to the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa. This delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions — writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself — that have shaped people, commerce, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as “unique and spellbinding,” Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

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