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"Umberto Eco takes us on a wonderful illustrated journey through the lands of myth and invention, showing us their inhabitants, the passions that move them, their heroes and antagonists, and, most of all, the importance they hold for us. Eco explores the enduring human need to seek refuge in the beautiful places of literature and folklore, examing along the way both epic poets and contemporary storytellers who have drawn--and stretched--the boundaries of our emotions, dreams, worries, and ideals." -i-ItalyNY Magazine

"A book for people who, as children, pored gleefully over the maps of Oz and Earthsea, an atlas of the most surreal and fabulous imaginary places you've never been." -SFGate

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A fascinating illustrated tour of the fabled places in literature and folklore that have awed, troubled, and eluded us through the ages. From the epic poets of antiquity to contemporary writers of science fiction, from the authors of the Holy Scriptures to modern raconteurs of fairy tales, writers and storytellers through the ages have invented imaginary and mythical lands, projecting onto them all of our human dreams, ideals, and fears. In the tradition of his acclaimed History of Beauty, On Ugliness, and The Infinity of Lists, renowned writer and cultural critic Umberto Eco leads us on a beautifully illustrated journey through these lands of myth and invention, showing us their inhabitants, the passions that rule them, their heroes and antagonists, and, above all, the importance they hold for us. He explores this human urge to create such places, the utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront things that are too incredible or challenging for our limited real world. Illuminated with more than 300 color images, The Book of Legendary Lands is both erudite and thoroughly enjoyable, bringing together disparate elements of our shared literary legacy in a way only Umberto Eco can. Homer’s poems and other ancient and medieval texts are presented side by side with Gulliver’s Travels and Alice in Wonderland; Tolkien shares space with Marco Polo’s Books of the Marvels of the World; films complement poems, and comics inform novels. Together, these stories have influenced the sensibilities and worldview of all of us.

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I did not know there were that many Utopia's beyond the one written by Plato and those visited by Gulliver. Perhaps next time he might like to try identifying the Homeric Ithaca which is under certain controversy. Anyway perfectly good for Mr. Eco!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Caution: Genius at work! 15 novembre 2013
Par Tom Burkert - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I wish Eco's books had indexes....they are so rich with information and ideas that this would allow us to find things we vaguely remember so much faster. With that minor fault out of the way, I have to say that I LOVE this book. It treats a topic I've always had an interest in...and does it with sumptuous illustrations. I have several of his other books...including the Book of Lists and On Beauty and On Ugliness.....If I could have one famous person over for dinner, I think Umberto would be the one I'd invite!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful, inspiring and also sophisticated book! 27 novembre 2013
Par Thorwald Franke - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Umberto Eco managed to write a book which is fully equal 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 path.

In 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 "baroque Nazi" for Eco but a serious baroque 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 baroque 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 more 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 quality 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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another fantastic contribution 21 novembre 2013
Par trevornewland - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Eco has another fascinating mix of his own ideas, texts from antiquity, and well-chosen illustrations. Great humour just below the surface from time to time as well.
Seeing his knowledge of sources also explains how, for example, he creates believable and bizarre fictional worlds as well, such as that of Baudolino.
Another great book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellence in a trove of imaginary geographic treasure! 17 février 2014
Par Dr. M.Caton Armantrout - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Eco excites the senses with this world survey or legends and dreams of other worlds found in literature and sacred texts.
Humans have imagined the world in terms of fantasies beyond the sounds and sights we encounter. The glories of perfection and the horrors of damnation are recreated in the literature of all cultures. To name the location of these legends, ideas, and associations presents a remarkable understanding of their importance and influence on beliefs and actions of people. The Book of Legendary Lands serves as an excellent tool for readers of history,philosophy, art, religion, and geography. Practitioners of psychology, sociology, and all religions may also gain an understanding of the human mind and society. Of particular interest is the constancy of dystopia in so many cultures, and how humans construct ideas of the damned to perpetuate--- or challenge evil. The visual adventure of woodcuts, paintings, architecture, and maps empower the reader to comprehend the fantasies and ideals perpetuated in legends.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A wonderland of fascinating places for the imagination. 5 avril 2015
Par Patrick J. Quinn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Umberto Eco never disappoints. This is a wonderful review of all the depictions of how people have perceived the world around them in reading great myths, sagas, epics and adventures. Maps, paintings, etchings, engravings, drawings and writings show the gradual evolution of the visual aspects of human imagination.

The illustrations alone can keep one happy for hours. The writing is as bright and illuminating as Eco's best. He seldom wastes words and can never be accused of verbosity. Always to the point, yet capable of beautiful speculative side tracks, he keeps one's thoughts amused,stimulated and sometimes surprised. There were quite a few "I never knew that" moments for me, but then my own is far removed from Eco's erudition.
This is the kind of book that lightens the weight of Winter afternoons or dismal nights. A joy to read, it is also a wonderful reference for those conversations that flounder on vague recollections of epic events in literature and life.
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