Once Again for Thucydides

Once Again for Thucydides

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This text collects twelve short journals the author wrote on trips around the world. The book concentrates on the small things he observed such as a tree, a shoeshine man and a boat landing on the pier, trying to discover their inner workings and mystery. The writing hints at the unknown.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 145.3 x 214.4 x 13.7mm | 222.26g
  • New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811213889
  • 9780811213882

Review Text

Ten very slightly fictionalized (and beautifully translated) essays gathering together observations made during their narrator's (and author's) travels through Europe and the Orient in the late 1980s. We're offered beguiling glimpses of caterpillars, an escaped parakeet, glowworms in Italy, and "sheet lightning" over Yugoslavia; meditations on "Several Incidents of Snowfall in Japan" and the expertise (if not art) of "The Shoeshine Man of Split" - all comprising an inchoate yet affecting portrait of the artist as an observer to whose mill even the commonest objects and occurrences are welcome grist. A very pleasing little book, which shows a refreshingly different side of a writer often pigeonholed as an austere intellectual. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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45 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
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4 22% (10)
3 44% (20)
2 9% (4)
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