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How to Talk about Books You Haven't Read
 
 
Author
Pierre Bayard.
Publisher Bloomsbury/QPB  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9780739496985
Pages/Publication Date 185/2007
Daedalus Item Code 11513
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If civilized people are expected to have read all important works of literature, while many more are published every year, what are we to do in those awkward situations in which we must talk about books we haven’t read? In this delightfully provocative book, a huge hit in France that has drawn attention from critics around the world, literature professor and psychoanalyst Pierre Bayard argues that not having read a book need not be an impediment to having an interesting conversation about it; in some situations, he says, reading the book is the worst thing you could do. Using examples from Graham Greene, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne, Umberto Eco, and others, Bayard describes various levels of "non-reading"—how talking about unread books can become an opportunity for creative brilliance and, in the subtext, the joys of actually reading books.
 
 
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