The perfect gift for book lovers- two of the world's great men have a delightfully rambling conversation about the future of the book in the digital era, and decide it is here to stay.
Jean-Claude Carriere is a writer, playwright and screenwriter, who recently collaborated with Michael Haneke on his award-winning film The White Ribbon. He has worked with many of the twentieth century's great directors including Peter Brook, Milos Forman, Bunuel and Jean-Luc Godard, and is the author of Please Mr Einstein. Umberto Eco (1932-2016) wrote fiction, literary criticism and philosophy. His first novel, The Name of the Rose, was a major international bestseller. His other works include Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before, Baudolino, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, The Prague Cemetery and Numero Zero along with many brilliant collections of essays. Jean-Philippe de Tonnac is a writer and editor. His interviews with Umberto Eco, Jean-Claude Carriere and Stephen Jay Gould were published in the book Conversations About the End of Time. He is also the editor of several collections of essays, not yet translated into English, which include A Universal Dictionary of Bread andAn Encyclopaedia of Knowledge and Belief.
A storming book. The next best thing to sitting in Umberto Eco's
living room after dinner; a dream collection of lucid and
fascinating discussions -- Nick Harkaway
Hurrah for philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco and playwright and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, who have come together to praise the medium... Fans of Eco and Carriere will be charmed -- Wayne Gooderham * Time Out *
An entertainingly free-range dialogue about writing past, present and future -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent *
The dialogue between these two superbrains is freakishly compelling and covers everything from papyrus scrolls to e-readers... Never fails to be enlightening and engaging... Hooray for this brilliant book * Dazed and Confused *
This book is a reminder that the satisfaction of working through even a relatively short book comes in part through confronting digressions, dead ends and distractions: the hallmark of conversation between friends, not of Internet speed-reading * Wall Street Journal *