The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies

The Eiffel Tower and Other Mythologies

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In this appealing and luminous collection of essays, Roland Barthes examines the mundane and exposes hidden texts, causing the reader to look afresh at the famous landmark and symbol of Paris, and also at the Tour de France, the visit to Paris of Billy Graham, the flooding of the Seine - and other shared events and aspects of everyday experience.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 11.94mm | 32g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0520209826
  • 9780520209824
  • 1,383,242

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In this appealing and luminous collection of essays, Roland Barthes examines the mundane and exposes hidden texts, causing the reader to look afresh at the famous landmark and symbol of Paris, and also at the Tour de France, the visit to Paris of Billy Graham, the flooding of the Seine - and other shared events and aspects of everyday experience.
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"In the long title essay of this book of varied reflections and observations, Roland Barthes writes lovingly about one of the world's most celebrated structures: 'Just as there is no Parisian glance which is not compelled to encounter it, there is no fantasy which fails, sooner or later, to acknowledge its form and to be nourished by it.'. . . The essay stays at this splendid level throughout, extraordinarily fresh, full of exact revelation. All of Barthes' sometimes scattered virtues come together in it: his learning, his prowess as an observer, his lyric gift."--Richard Gilman, "The New York Times Book Review
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About Roland Barthes

Roland Barthes was born in 1915 and studied French literature and classics at the University of Paris. After teaching French at universities in Rumania and Egypt, he joined the Centre de Recherche Scientifique, where he devoted himself to research in sociology and lexicology. He was a professor at the College de France until his death in 1980.
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