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Turning Back the Clock is a brilliant collection of essays by one of the leading intellectuals of our time.

After the Cold War, the 'Hot War' has made its comeback in Afghanistan and Iraq. Exhuming Kipling’s 'Great Game', we have gone back to the clash between Islam and Christianity.
The ghost of the Yellow Peril has been resurrected, the nineteenth-century anti-Darwin debate has been reopened, right-wing governments predominate. It almost seems like history, tired of the big steps forward it has taken in the past two millennia, has gone into reverse.
With his customary sharpness and wit, Eco proposes, not so much that we resume a forward march, but at the very least that we cease marching backwards.

Reviews

Clever, fluent pieces...a human, sophisticated and wise book

Sunday Times

Engaging, contrarian thesis...lively, ironic intelligence

The Times

Another collection of nimble, teasing, brilliant and infuriating little essays and essaylets

Guardian

Eco's greatest virtue might be said to lie in his ability to clarify the exact nature of our present perplexities. Eco is, on the whole, lucid, logical and always firmly on the side of civilisation

TLS

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    9780099503682

    November 3, 2008

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    384 pages

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  • Turning Back The Clock
    Umberto Eco

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    9781407018744

    November 27, 2014

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    384 pages

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