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    How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read (Hardback) By (author) Pierre Bayard


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    DescriptionIn this disarmingly mischievous and provocative book, already a runaway bestseller in France, Pierre Bayard contends that in this age of infinite publication, the truly cultivated person is not the one who has read a book, but the one who understands the book's place in our culture. Drawing on examples from works by Graham Greene, Umberto Eco, Oscar Wilde, Montaigne (who couldn't remember books he himself had written), and many others, he examines the many kinds of 'non-reading' (forgotten books, unknown books, books discussed by others, books we've skimmed briefly) and the many potentially nightmarish situations in which we are called upon to discuss our reading with others (with our loved ones, with the book's author, etc.).At heart, this is a book that will challenge everyone who's ever felt guilty about missing some of the Great Books to consider what reading means, how we absorb books as part of ourselves, and how and why we spend so much time talking about what we have, or haven't, read.

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    How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Pierre Bayard
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    ISBN 13: 9781862079861
    ISBN 10: 1862079862

    BIC E4L: LIT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.6
    BIC subject category V2: DSA
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    DC22: 028
    Thema V1.0: DSA
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    Publication date
    07 January 2008
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    Author Information
    Pierre Bayard is a professor of French literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? and many other books.
    Review quote
    "Brilliant...A witty and useful piece of literary sociology."--"London Review of Books ""I read and adored Pierre Bayard's book. I t's funny, smart, and so true--a wonderful combination of slick French philosophizing and tongue-in-cheek wit, and an honest appraisal of what it means, or doesn't mean, to read."--Claire M essud, author of "The Emperor's Children"