The City of Words
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In the 2007 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned thinker and author Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at the rise of violent intolerance in our societies, leading us back into our literary tradition to find insight about one of the most contentious issues of our time: The rise of ethnic nationalism.
From race riots in France to political murder in the Netherlands and bombings in Britain — why is it so difficult for us to live together when the alternatives are demonstrably horrifying? With wit and erudition, Manguel looks at what visionaries, poets, novelists, essayists, and filmmakers have to say about building societies.
From Cassandra to Jack London, the Epic of Gilgamesh to the computer Hal in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Don Quixote to Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Manguel draws fascinating and revelatory parallels between the personal and political realities of our present-day world and those of myth, legend, and story.