How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays

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HMH, Sep 15, 1995 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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“Impishly witty and ingeniously irreverent” essays on topics from cell phones to librarians, by the author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum (The Atlantic Monthly).
 
A cosmopolitan curmudgeon the Los Angeles Times called “the Andy Rooney of academia”—known for both nonfiction and novels that have become blockbuster New York Times bestsellers—Umberto Eco takes readers on “a delightful romp through the absurdities of modern life” (Publishers Weekly) as he journeys around the world and into his own wildly adventurous mind.
 
From the mundane details of getting around on Amtrak or in the back of a cab, to reflections on computer jargon and soccer fans, to more important issues like the effects of mass media and consumer civilization—not to mention the challenges of trying to refrigerate an expensive piece of fish at an English hotel—this renowned writer, semiotician, and philosopher provides “an uncanny combination of the profound and the profane” (San Francisco Chronicle).
 
“Eco entertains with his clever reflections and with his unique persona.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
Translated from the Italian by William Weaver
 

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User Review  - WaxPoetic - LibraryThing

Essays, particularly when very well-written, surpass short-stories for one very specific reason: they are generally based in fact, which is always funnier than truth and frequently more difficult to ... Read full review

HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A SALMON AND OTHER ESSAYS

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Popular novelist (The Name of the Rose, 1983; Foucault's Pendulum, 1989) and notorious semiologist (at the Univ. of Bologna) Eco shows himself to be a journalist as well with this generally diverting ... Read full review

Contents

How to Become a Knight of Malta
How to Deal with Telegrams
How Not to Use the Fax Machine
How Not to Use the Cellular Phone
Three Owls on a Chest of Drawers
Editorial Revision
Sequels
How to Use Suspension Points

How Not to Talk about Soccer
How to Use the Coffeepot from Hell
How to React to Familiar Faces
How to Be a TV Host
How Not to Know the Time
Stars and Stripes
Conversation in Babylon
On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1
How to Eat Ice Cream
How It Begins and How It Ends
How to Justify a Private Library
How to Compile an Inventory
How to Spend Time
How to Buy Gadgets
How to Follow Instructions
How to Write an Introduction
How to Write an Introduction to an Art Catalogue
How to Set the Record Straight
How to Watch Out for Widows
How to Organize a Public Library
How to Speak of Animals
How to Play Indians
How to Recognize a Porn Movie
How to Avoid Contagious Diseases
How to Choose a Remunerative Profession
The Miracle of San Baudolino
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UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose, The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
 

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