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1787302296
Book:Civilisations; Laurent Binet; translated by Sam Taylor:2021 Book Civilisations; Laurent Binet; translated by Sam Taylor
Civilisations; Laurent Binet; translated by Sam Taylor
Author: Binet, Laurent
Author: Taylor, Sam
Year: 2021
Language: English
Type: Book
Class Number: HISTORICAL
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Harvill Secker, 2021
Physical or Electronic: Physical
ISBN: 9781787302297
Notes:
Translated from the French
c.1000AD: Erik the Red's daughter heads south from Greenland. 1492: Columbus does not discover America. 1531: the Incas invade Europe. Freydis is the leader of a band of Viking warriors who get as far as Panama. Nobody knows what became of them. Five hundred years later, Christopher Columbus is sailing for the Americas, dreaming of gold and conquest. Even when captured by Incas, his faith in his superiority and his mission is unshaken. Thirty years after that, Atahualpa, the last Inca emperor, arrives in Europe. What does he find? The Spanish Inquisition, the Reformation, capitalism, the miracle of the printing press, endless warmongering between the ruling monarchies, and constant threat from the Turks. But most of all, downtrodden populations ready for revolution.
Extent: 352 pages, 23 cm, hbk
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1784703192
Book:The 7th function of language:2018 Book
Author: Binet, Laurent
Year: 2018
Language: English
Type: Book
Publisher: Vintage
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2017 Roland Barthes is knocked down in a Paris street by a laundry van. It's February 1980 and he has just come from lunch with Francois Mitterrand, a slippery politician locked in a battle for the Presidency. Barthes dies soon afterwards. History tells us it was an accident. But what if it were an assassination? What if Barthes was carrying a document of unbelievable, global importance? A document explaining the seventh function of language - an idea so powerful it gives whoever masters it the ability to convince anyone, in any situation, to do anything.
390 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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