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· Martin Puchner: The Written World. The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization · Alberto Manguel: Packing My Library. An Elegy and Ten Digressions · Bernard Pivot & Cécile Pivot: Lire ! · The Walter Scott Prize 2018 longlist is out · The Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist · The Book Lovers’ Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey · The Written World. The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner · Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse für Natascha Wodin mit ‘Sie kam aus Mariupol’ · ernst jandl: poëzieklysma · Prix Renaudot 2017 pour ‘La Disparition de Josef Mengele’ d’Olivier Guez · Prix Goncourt 2017 pour ‘L’ordre du jour’ d’ Eric Vuillard · Franklin Foer: World Without Mind. The Existential Threat of Big Tech

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Martin Puchner: The Written World. The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen acts—from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today.

Puchner introduces us to numerous visionaries as he explores sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature and reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs. Indeed, literature has touched the lives of generations and changed the course of history.

At the heart of this book are works, some long-lost and rediscovered, that have shaped civilization: the first written masterpiece, the Epic of Gilgamesh; Ezra’s Hebrew Bible, created as scripture; the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus; and the first great novel in world literature, The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese woman known as Murasaki. Visiting Baghdad, Puchner tells of Scheherazade and the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, and in the Americas we watch the astonishing survival of the Maya epic Popol Vuh. Cervantes, who invented the modern novel, battles pirates both real (when he is taken prisoner) and literary (when a fake sequel to Don Quixote is published).

We learn of Benjamin Franklin’s pioneering work as a media entrepreneur, watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. We visit Troy, Pergamum, and China, and we speak with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa.

Throughout The Written World, Puchner’s delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions—writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself—that have shaped religion, politics, commerce, people, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as “unique and spellbinding,” Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

Title: The Written World
Subtitle: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization
Author: Martin Puchner
Publisher: Random House
Format Hardcover, $32.00
ISBN-10 0812998936
ISBN-13 9780812998931
Publication Date: 24 October 2017
Nb of pages 448 p.

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Alberto Manguel: Packing My Library. An Elegy and Ten Digressions

A wonderfully digressive little volume about our complex relationship with our books and being an incurable bibliophile. The perfect antidote to Walter Benjamin’s classic essay, Unpacking My Library.

A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries.

In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France’s Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Packing up his enormous, 35,000‑volume personal library, choosing which books to keep, store, or cast out, Manguel found himself in deep reverie on the nature of relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading. In this poignant and personal reevaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the highly personal art of reading and affirms the vital role of public libraries.

Manguel’s musings range widely, from delightful reflections on the idiosyncrasies of book lovers to deeper analyses of historic and catastrophic book events, including the burning of ancient Alexandria’s library and contemporary library lootings at the hands of ISIS. With insight and passion, the author underscores the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized, and engaged society.

Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor, and critic, but would rather define himself as a reader and a lover of books. Born in Buenos Aires, he has since resided in Israel, Argentina, Europe, the South Pacific, and Canada. He is now the director of the National Library of Argentina.

Title: Packing My Library
Subtitle: An Elegy and Ten Digressions
Author: Alberto Manguel
Publisher: Yale University Press
Title First Published: 20 March 2018
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10 0300219334
ISBN-13 9780300219333
Nb of pages 160 p.
Hardcover – $23.00

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Bernard Pivot & Cécile Pivot: Lire !

Bernard Pivot, lecteur professionnel (“Apostrophes”, Lire, JDD) et sa fille Cécile, ardente lectrice amateur, confrontent leurs raisons, plaisirs et manières de lire, leur usage des livres, dans des textes très personnels, joliment illustrés, où le public des librairies et des bibliothèques retrouvera ses émotions, et celui qui n’ose pas en pousser les portes découvrira stimulations et conseils.

Un tonique et savoureux éloge des écrivains, des livres et de la lecture.

Bernard Pivot, Cécile Pivot
Lire !
Paru le 14/03/2018
Genre : Essais littéraires
192 pages
174 x 239 mm Couleur
Broché
EAN: 9782081416307
ISBN : 9782081416307
€25,00
Ed. Flammarion

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The Walter Scott Prize 2018 longlist is out

 

The judges of the Walter Scott Prize 2018 announced a longlist of thirteen books:

The books are:

# The Clocks In This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
# Birdcage Walk by Helen Dunmore
# Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
# The Last Man In Europe by Dennis Glover
# Sugar Money by Jane Harris
# Prussian Blue by Philip Kerr
# The Draughtsman by Robert Lautner
# Grace by Paul Lynch
# The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath
# Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves by Rachel Malik
# The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
# The Horseman by Tim Pears
# The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley

The Judges said:

“This year our Prize has attracted a record number of entries, and historical fiction continues to ride a wave of publishing success. As a result, we have been able to make our selection from a body of remarkable and varied novels. In our longlist, we have attempted to represent different styles – from lyrical to experimental, and from epic to intimate.

“All human life is here, from outlaws making a living forging coins in Yorkshire’s badlands, to post-war London theatre society. We hope that in representing such a richness of styles and diversity of settings, the Walter Scott Prize can bring to public attention new work, while at the same time rewarding writers at the top of their game. We’re looking forward to bringing the best of these forward to shortlist in April.”

# end March 2018: Academy Recommends list announced

# April 2018: Shortlist announced

# 14th-17th June 2018: Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Melrose – Winner of Walter Scott Prize 2018 announced and presented

# more information on the website of the Walter Scott Prize

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The Man Booker International Prize 2018 longlist

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

  

The 2018 longlist:
• Laurent Binet (France), Sam Taylor, The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker)
• Javier Cercas (Spain), Frank Wynne, The Impostor (MacLehose Press)
• Virginie Despentes (France), Frank Wynne, Vernon Subutex 1 (MacLehose Press)
• Jenny Erpenbeck (Germany), Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone (Portobello Books)
• Han Kang (South Korea), Deborah Smith, The White Book (Portobello Books)
• Ariana Harwicz (Argentina), Sarah Moses & Carolina Orloff, Die, My Love (Charco Press)
• László Krasznahorkai (Hungary), John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes, The World Goes On (Tuskar Rock Press)
• Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Camilo A. Ramirez, Like a Fading Shadow (Tuskar Rock Press)
• Christoph Ransmayr (Austria), Simon Pare, The Flying Mountain (Seagull Books)
• Ahmed Saadawi (Iraq), Jonathan Wright, Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld)
• Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Jennifer Croft, Flights (Fitzcarraldo Editions)
• Wu Ming-Yi (Taiwan), Darryl Sterk, The Stolen Bicycle (Text Publishing)
• Gabriela Ybarra (Spain), Natasha Wimmer, The Dinner Guest (Harvill Secker)

‘The longlist introduces a wealth of talent, a variety of forms and some writers little known in English before. It has great writing and translating energy and we hope readers take as much pleasure in discovering the work as we did.’
Lisa Appignanesi, chair of the 2018 judges

The prize is now awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the £50,000 prize divided between the author and the translator of the winning entry. In addition, each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000 each. The judges considered 108 books.

The longlist was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Lisa Appignanesi OBE, author and cultural commentator, with Michael Hofmann, poet, reviewer and translator from German; Hari Kunzru, author of five novels including The Impressionist and White Tears; Tim Martin, journalist and literary critic, and Helen Oyeyemi, author of novels, plays and short stories including The Icarus Girl.

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The Book Lovers’ Miscellany by Claire Cock-Starkey

How is ink made? What is the bestselling book of all time? What are the oldest known books in the world? And how does one make sense of the colors found on Penguin paperbacks? The answers to these questions and many more await readers in The Book Lovers’ Miscellany.

The Book Lovers’ Miscellany is a cornucopia for bibliophiles. With customary wisdom and wit, Claire Cock-Starkey presents a brief illustrated history of paper, binding, printing, and dust jackets, with a wealth of arcane facts that even the most avid book lovers may be hard-pressed to answer: Which natural pigments were used to decorate medieval bibles? Which animal is needed for the making of vellum? Curious facts are drawn from throughout the history of books and publishing, including many more recent examples, such as a short history of the comic and the story behind the massively successful Harlequin romance imprint Mills and Boon. Readers can explore the output of the most prolific writers and marvel at the youth of the youngest published authors—or lament the decisions of the publishers who rejected books that later became colossal bestsellers. The book also includes a collection of lists, including unfinished novels, books that have faced bans, books printed with mistakes, the most influential academic books of all time, and the longest established literary families.

The perfect gift for every bibliophile, The Book Lovers’ Miscellany is equally well suited to reading straight through or dipping into here and there.

The Book Lovers’ Miscellany
by Claire Cock-Starkey (Author)
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781851244713
Published January 15, 2018
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford publishes books related to their collection, in some cases facsimile editons of rare or noteworthy titles. UCP distributes Bodleian Library titles in North America.

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The Written World. The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization by Martin Puchner

The story of how literature shaped world history, in sixteen acts—from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today.

Puchner introduces us to numerous visionaries as he explores sixteen foundational texts selected from more than four thousand years of world literature and reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs. Indeed, literature has touched the lives of generations and changed the course of history.

At the heart of this book are works, some long-lost and rediscovered, that have shaped civilization: the first written masterpiece, the Epic of Gilgamesh; Ezra’s Hebrew Bible, created as scripture; the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus; and the first great novel in world literature, The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese woman known as Murasaki.

Visiting Baghdad, Puchner tells of Scheherazade and the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, and in the Americas we watch the astonishing survival of the Maya epic Popol Vuh. Cervantes, who invented the modern novel, battles pirates both real (when he is taken prisoner) and literary (when a fake sequel to Don Quixote is published).

We learn of Benjamin Franklin’s pioneering work as a media entrepreneur, watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto.

We visit Troy, Pergamum, and China, and we speak with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul, as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa.

Throughout The Written World, Puchner’s delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions—writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself—that have shaped religion, politics, commerce, people, and history.

In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as “unique and spellbinding,” Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

Martin Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His prize-winning books range from philosophy to the arts, and his bestselling six-volume Norton Anthology of World Literature and HarvardX MOOC (massive open online course) have brought four thousand years of literature to students across the globe. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Written World
The Power of Stories to Shape
People, History, Civilization
By Martin Puchner
Hardcover
Oct.2017
448 Pages
$32.00
ISBN 9780812998931
Published by Random House

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Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse für Natascha Wodin mit ‘Sie kam aus Mariupol’

“Wenn du gesehen hättest, was ich gesehen habe” – Natascha Wodins Mutter sagte diesen Satz immer wieder und nahm doch, was sie meinte, mit ins Grab. Da war die Tochter zehn und wusste nicht viel mehr, als dass sie zu einer Art Menschenunrat gehörte, zu irgendeinem Kehricht, der vom Krieg übriggeblieben war. Wieso lebten sie in einem der Lager für “Displaced Persons”, woher kam die Mutter, und was hatte sie erlebt? Erst Jahrzehnte später öffnet sich die Blackbox ihrer Herkunft, erst ein bisschen, dann immer mehr.

“Sie kam aus Mariupol” ist das außergewöhnliche Buch einer Spurensuche. Natascha Wodin geht dem Leben ihrer ukrainischen Mutter nach, die aus der Hafenstadt Mariupol stammte und mit ihrem Mann 1943 als “Ostarbeiterin” nach Deutschland verschleppt wurde. Sie erzählt beklemmend, ja bestürzend intensiv vom Anhängsel des Holocaust, einer Fußnote der Geschichte: der Zwangsarbeit im Dritten Reich. Ihre Mutter, die als junges Mädchen den Untergang ihrer Adelsfamilie im stalinistischen Terror miterlebte, bevor sie mit ungewissem Ziel ein deutsches Schiff bestieg, tritt wie durch ein spätes Wunder aus der Anonymität heraus, bekommt ein Gesicht, das unvergesslich ist. “Meine arme, kleine, verrückt gewordene Mutter”, kann Natascha Wodin nun zärtlich sagen, und auch für uns Leser wird begreifbar, was verlorenging. Dass es dieses bewegende, dunkel-leuchtende Zeugnis eines Schicksals gibt, das für Millionen anderer steht, ist ein literarisches Ereignis.

“Das erinnert nicht von ungefähr an die Verfahrensweise, mit der W. G. Sebald, der große deutsche Gedächtniskünstler, verlorene Lebensläufe der Vergessenheit entriss.” (Sigrid Löffler in ihrer Laudatio auf Natascha Wodin bei der Verleihung des Alfred-Döblin-Preises 2015)

Natascha Wodin, 1945 als Kind sowjetischer Zwangsarbeiter in Fürth/Bayern geboren, wuchs erst in deutschen DP-Lagern, dann, nach dem frühen Tod der Mutter, in einem katholischen Mädchenheim auf. Nach dem Abschluss einer Sprachenschule übersetzte sie aus dem Russischen und lebte zeitweise in Moskau. Auf ihr Romandebüt “Die gläserne Stadt”, das 1983 erschien, folgten etliche Veröffentlichungen, darunter die Romane “Einmal lebt ich”, “Die Ehe” und “Nachtgeschwister”. Ihr Werk wurde unter anderem mit dem Hermann-Hesse-Preis, dem Brüder-Grimm-Preis und dem Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preis ausgezeichnet, für “Sie kam aus Mariupol” wurde ihr der Alfred-Döblin-Preis, der Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse und der August-Graf-von-Platen-Preis verliehen. Natascha Wodin lebt in Berlin und Mecklenburg.

Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse
Preisträger 2017 in der Kategorie Belletristik
Natascha Wodin: “Sie kam aus Mariupol”
Rowohlt Verlag)

Die Begründung der Jury: In „Sie kam aus Mariupol“ forscht Natascha Wodin nach den Lebensspuren ihrer ukrainischen Mutter Jewgenia – und stößt auf das Schicksal ihrer Tante Lidia. Während die Mutter 1943 mit ihrem russischen Mann als Zwangsarbeiterin in ein Leipziger Montagewerk für Kriegsflugzeuge verschleppt wurde, kam die Tante zehn Jahre zuvor in ein sowjetisches Straflager. Das ist die ungeheuerliche Parallelität, die die Familiengeschichte zerteilt. „Sie kam aus Mariupol“ ist nicht aus einem Guss, weil es angesichts der Brüche des 20. Jahrhunderts gar nicht aus einem Guss sein kann. In vier hart gefügten Teilen treibt es aus unterschiedlichen Richtungen seine Stollen durch ein Massiv kollektiver und individueller Gewalt. Dieses Buch trägt auch ausdrücklich nicht die Bezeichnung Roman. Doch an der Grenze von Fiktion und Nichtfiktion, wo es angesiedelt ist, betreibt es autobiografisches Schreiben mit einem hohen Maß an Selbstreflexion und romanhaftes Schreiben auf der Grundlage von Lidias Tagebüchern. In diesem genreüberschreitenden Sinn ist es unerhört zeitgenössisch. Erinnerungsarbeit als Widerstand gegen das eigene Zerbrechen: Die Rettung, die sich Natascha Wodin davon erhofft, bleibt aus. Aber die Tapferkeit, mit der sie den Dämonen ins Gesicht sieht, die sie bannen muss, hat auch etwas ungemein Ermutigendes. Davon kann sich jeder Leser von „Sie kam aus Mariupol“ überzeugen.

Natascha Wodin
‘Sie kam aus Mariupol’
EAN: 9783498073893
ISBN: 3498073893
Libri: 2561776
Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
2017, 363 Seiten
gebunden, €19,95

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ernst jandl: poëzieklysma

Ernst Jandl (1925 – 2000) was een Oostenrijkse schrijver, dichter en vertaler. Hij maakte vooral naam met zijn experimentele lyriek.

#  meer over zijn werk op website ernstjandl.com  

Met de bundel Idyllen (1989), waaruit 33 gedichten werden vertaald door Erik de Smedt, rekent Jandl af met al wat er expliciet en impliciet van poëzie wordt verwacht, ook van die van hem.

ernst jandl
poëzieklysma
2017
vertaling: erik de smedt
oplage: 300
48 pagina’s
isbn 978 90 78627 38 8
€ 19,95
Uitgeverij Vleugels
van ’t hoffstraat 27
2665 jl bleiswijk
t 06 30 49 77 49
www.uitgeverijvleugels.nl

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Prix Renaudot 2017 pour ‘La Disparition de Josef Mengele’ d’Olivier Guez

1949: Josef Mengele arrive en Argentine. Caché derrière divers pseudonymes, l’ancien médecin tortionnaire à Auschwitz croit pouvoir s’inventer une nouvelle vie à Buenos Aires.

L’Argentine de Peron est bienveillante, le monde entier veut oublier les crimes nazis. Mais la traque reprend et le médecin SS doit s’enfuir au Paraguay puis au Brésil. Son errance de planque en planque, déguisé et rongé par l’angoisse, ne connaîtra plus de répit… jusqu’à sa mort mystérieuse sur une plage en 1979.  Comment le médecin SS a-t-il pu passer entre les mailles du filet, trente ans durant?

La Disparition de Josef Mengele est une plongée inouïe au cœur des ténèbres. Anciens nazis, agents du Mossad, femmes cupides et dictateurs d’opérette évoluent dans un monde corrompu par le fanatisme, la realpolitik, l’argent et l’ambition. Voici l’odyssée dantesque de Josef Mengele en Amérique du Sud. Le roman-vrai de sa cavale après-guerre.

Olivier Guez est l’auteur, entre autres, de L’Impossible retour, une histoire des juifs en Allemagne depuis 1945 (Flammarion), Éloge de l’esquive (Grasset) et Les Révolutions de Jacques Koskas (Belfond). Il a reçu en 2016 le prix allemand du meilleur scénario pour le film Fritz Bauer, un héros allemand.

Olivier Guez
La disparition de Josef Mengele Roman
EAN: 9782246855873
Parution: 16/08/2017
Pages: 240
Prix: €18.50
Editions Grasset


Prix Renaudot 2017 pour ‘La Disparition de Josef Mengele’ d’Olivier Guez

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Prix Goncourt 2017 pour ‘L’ordre du jour’ d’ Eric Vuillard

L’Allemagne nazie a sa légende. On y voit une armée rapide, moderne, dont le triomphe parait inexorable. Mais si au fondement de ses premiers exploits se découvraient plutôt des marchandages, de vulgaires combinaisons d’intérêts ?

Et si les glorieuses images de la Wehrmacht entrant triomphalement en Autriche dissimulaient un immense embouteillage de panzers ? Une simple panne ! Une démonstration magistrale et grinçante des coulisses de l’Anschluss par l’auteur de Tristesse de la terre et de 14 juillet.

Ils étaient vingt-quatre, près des arbres morts de la rive, vingt-quatre pardessus noirs, marron ou cognac, vingt-quatre paires d’épaules rembourrées de laine, vingt-quatre costumes trois pièces, et le même nombre de pantalons à pinces avec un large ourlet. Les ombres pénétrèrent le grand vestibule du palais du président de l’Assemblée ; mais bientôt, il n’y aura plus d’Assemblée, il n’y aura plus de président, et, dans quelques années, il n’y aura même plus de Parlement, seulement un amas de décombres fumants.

Éric Vuillard, né en 1968 à Lyon, est écrivain et cinéaste. Il a réalisé deux films, L’homme qui marche et Mateo Falcone. Il est l’auteur de Conquistadors (Léo Scheer, 2009, Babel n°1330), récompensé par le Grand prix littéraire du Web – mention spéciale du jury 2009 et le prix Ignatius J. Reilly 2010. Il a reçu le prix Franz-Hessel 2012 et le prix Valery-Larbaud 2013 pour deux récits publiés chez Actes Sud, La bataille d’Occident et Congo ainsi que le prix Joseph-Kessel 2015 pour Tristesse de la terre et le prix Alexandre Viallate pour 14 juillet.

Eric Vuillard
L’ordre du jour
Mai, 2017
160 pages
ISBN 978-2-330-07897-3
prix indicatif : 16, 00€
Actes Sud

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Franklin Foer: World Without Mind. The Existential Threat of Big Tech

Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information.

This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience.

As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection–a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success.

Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science–from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stuart Brand and the hippie origins of today’s Silicon Valley–Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide.

At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become. There have been monopolists in the past but today’s corporate giants have far more nefarious aims. They’re monopolists who want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our decision-making. Until now few have grasped the sheer scale of the threat. Foer explains not just the looming existential crisis but the imperative of resistance.

Franklin Foer is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of How Soccer Explains the World, which has been translated into 27 languages and a winner of a National Jewish Book Award. For seven years, he edited The New Republic magazin

Franklin Foer:
World Without Mind.
The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Hardcover
272 pages
Published September 2017
Penguin Press
ISBN 1101981113
ISBN13: 9781101981115

World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech by Franklin Foer . Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence.

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