Books by Alastair McEwen

LA FOLIE BAUDELAIRE by Roberto Calasso
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Tough but rewarding, written with bold intelligence and panache."
An intellectually challenging and sometimes obscure assessment of the life and influence of French writer Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), whose poetry and critical essays made him a founding father of modernism. Read full book review >
TURNING BACK THE CLOCK by Umberto Eco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Entertainment and a bit of wisdom for a thinking audience."
The prolific novelist, essayist and philosopher comes this time as a latter-day Walter Lippmann in this gathering of journalism, most of which first appeared in two Italian newspapers. Read full book review >
S.S. PROLETERKA by Fleur Jaeggy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2003

"Though its suppression of emotion seems a bit studied, this is nonetheless an elegantly structured and stubbornly moving study of innocence destroyed and love denied. Very accomplished indeed."
Death and alienation hover like menacing theme music over the elliptical scenes that compose this disturbing 2001 novel by Italian author Jaeggy (Sweet Days of Discipline, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FORCE OF THE PAST by Sandro Veronesi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2003

"Gianni is a splendid talker in this sophisticated tale of his own privacies: it's like passing a splendid few hours in a comfortable bar with a long-missed best friend."
Veronesi's seventh but first to appear in the US is a true pleasure as a man's life seems to be falling apart—but then doesn't. Read full book review >
FIVE MORAL PIECES by Umberto Eco
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A helpful and intermittently revealing (if scarcely essential) gloss on both Eco's unusual fiction and his knotty philosophical and semantic studies."
"Occasional pieces," all dating from the 1990s, that include essays, speeches, and revised correspondence from the erudite novelist-philosopher-semiotician Eco (Kant and the Platypus, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A substantial volume that makes a case for Eco's novels as window-dressing, and his scholarship as the real thing."
All (and probably more than) you ever wanted to know about how cognitive linguistics and semiotics have risen to the challenge of Kant's Copernican Revolution in philosophy. Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE POSTPONED by Umberto Eco
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1994

"Eco is a true original—substantial, lucid, humane, and a great deal of fun."
Teacher (Semiotics/Univ. of Bologna), editor, cultural commentator, and novelist (Foucault's Pendulum, 1989), Eco offers refreshing commentary on cultural life, primarily in Italy, from the mid-1960s to the late '80s, when intellectuals were especially alarmed by the emergence of a mass or pop culture. Read full book review >