Chronicles of a Liquid Society
by Umberto Eco
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on 11/14/2017
Genres: Essays, Nonfiction
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If I say Umberto Eco, I believe most of you will automatically think The Name of the Rose. Eco wrote many more smart and captivating novels, Foucault’s Pendulum for instance, or his latest Numero Zero. He also wrote many essays, for instance on language (see Semiotics and the Philosophy of Language for example).
And for several decades, he wrote a weekly column in the Italian weekly magazine L’Espresso. This posthumous collection, Chronicles of a Liquid Society, gathers together over 110 of these columns, on a large variety of topics. Eco prefaces his work by presenting these vignettes as “reflections on aspects of this ‘liquid society’ of ours”.