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Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch
Nov 16, 2021 | ISBN 9780593299883

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“A delightful global guide to literature, as [Damrosch] has expansively interpreted it . . . A year of isolation very well spent.” —Harvard Magazine

“A vast, fascinating latticework . . . This rewarding literary Baedeker will inspire readers to discover new places.” —Kirkus
“Damrosch’s richly conceived survey offers readers a colorful map for an illuminating, enlivening tour of their own libraries. Travel fans and literature lovers alike will find something to savor.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Restlessly curious, insightful, and quirky, David Damrosch is the perfect guide to a round-the-world adventure in reading. With such a companion, you never know where you will go next, but you can be confident that the encounter will be memorable. Count me in!” —Stephen Greenblatt, author of Tyrant

“It is always a pleasure to talk about books with David Damrosch, who has read all of them, and he is so eloquent about them all.” —Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning novelist
“An insightful journey into the books that have long captivated us. Profound, boundless, and diverse.” —Jokha Alharthi, author of the Man Booker International Prize-winning Celestial Bodies

“Pleasurable and full of insights, Around the World in 80 Books is such a joyful journey through the places, times and people who have made our world literature. Every time I finished a chapter I felt an urge to discover or re-read the books whose stories Damrosch is telling so vividly—but that meant putting down his own book and I wasn’t able do that.” —Dror Mishani, author of The Missing File and Three

Praise for David Damrosch:

“David Damrosch’s The Buried Book is a remarkably original, narrative analysis of the loss, rediscovery, and literary-spiritual values of the ancient epic, Gilgamesh. There is somber wisdom and wit in Damrosch’s comprehensive story, which finds room for Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel and the murderous fictions of Saddam Hussein. It is salutary to be reminded by Damrosch that ultimately we and Islam share a common literary culture that commenced with Gilgamesh.” —Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon: The Books and Schools of the Ages

“A stunning achievement. Damrosch gives ‘world literature’ the largest possible scope—ranging from cuneiform to hieroglyphics, from low German to Nahuatl—a jaunt across several millennia and a dozen languages.” —Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University

“An influential leader in the field, Damrosch capaciously tells the story of its evolution, representing sharp debates on contentious issues such as language, translation, Eurocentrism, postcolonial studies, and world literature with a compelling judiciousness.” —Susan Stanford Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Displaying great intelligence, immense literary and historical culture, and unassuming modesty, Damrosch intervenes in contemporary debates over ‘world literature.’ Readers will be dumbfounded by his range. He treats cuneiform-inscribed shards, Egyptian hieroglyphics, medieval German female mystics, Inca chronicles, Kafka translations and contemporary Native protest literature will equal philological attention, poise and erudition.” —Wlad Godzich, University of California, Santa Cruz

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