Eco, Umberto.

The book of legendary lands / Umberto Eco ; translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen. - Paperback edition. - London : MacLehose Press, 2015. - 477 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 21 cm.

"Published in Italian with the title Storia dei Luoghi e delle terre Leggendarie in 2013 by Bompiani, Milan"--Colophon.

Translated from the Italian.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 472-476) and indexes.

The flat earth and the antipodes
Biblical lands
The lands of Homer and the Seven Wonders
The wonders of the East, from Alexander to Prester John
The Earthly Paradise, the Isles of the Blessed, and El Dorado
Atlantis, Mu, and Lemuria
Ultima Thule and Hyperborea
The migrations of the Grail
Alamut, the Old Man of the Mountain, and the Assassins
The Land of Cockaigne
The Islands of Utopia
The Island of Solomon and the Austral Land
The interior of the Earth, the Polar myth, and Agartha
The invention of Rennes-le-Chateau
Fictional places and their truth.

Umberto Eco presents an enthralling and erudite illustrated tour of the fabled places that have awed and eluded us through the ages. From the epic poems of Homer to contemporary science fiction, from the Holy Scriptures to modern mythology and fairy tale, literature and art are full of illusory places we have at some time believed are real, and onto which we have projected our dreams, ideals and fears. Umberto Eco leads us on an illuminating journey through these legendary lands - Atlantis, Thule and Hyperborea, the Earth's interior and the Land of Cockaigne - and explores utopias and dystopias where our imagination can confront concepts that are too incredible, or too challenging, for our limited real world.


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Geographical myths.
Imaginary places.

GR940 / .E3613 2013

809.9337 ECO / 007728
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