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The Infinity of Lists

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In the history of Western culture we find lists of saints, ranks of soldiers, catalogues of grotesque creatures or medicinal plants, and hordes of treasure. This infinity of lists is no coincidence: a culture prefers enclosed, stable forms when it is sure of its own identity, while when faced with a jumbled series of ill-defined phenomena, it starts making lists. The poeti ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Maclehose Press Quercus (first published 2009)
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Apr 09, 2014 Fahad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
لانهائية القوائم

لا يصح أن تقرأ هذا الكتاب كما تفعل مع أي كتاب آخر، من الجلدة إلى الجلدة، لا... هذا كتاب تضعه إلى جانب فراشك، وتتصفحه في الليالي الجميلة عندما يكون لديك مزاج كافٍ للانغماس في الفن، هكذا... تختار النص الذي يروق لك وتغرق.

أصنف هذا الكتاب في فئة خاصة، فئة الكتب التي وضعها مهووسو الكتب، أليس كل الكتاب مهووسين بالكتب؟ وإلا لم شقوا ليحولوا أفكارهم إلى هذا الشكل الجميل من الجلد والورق والحبر؟ لا... أنا أقصد النوع الآخر من المهووسين، النوع الذي يفعل كما فعل بورخيس فيضع كتاباً يضم المخلوق
So what is a list to Umberto Eco?
-The shield of Achilles in The Iliad, which contains all

A list can be composed of:
-Collections and treasures
-Characteristics of things
-Their essences
-An excess of things
-A chaotic mess of things
-An infinity

Who are the authors which Eco references and quotes from extensively to make his point?
-Homer's passages in the Iliad of the troops assembled and the shield of Achilles
-Hesiod's genealogy of the gods
-Virgil's god

لانهائية القوائم

مركز تحميل الصور

هل للقوائم نهاية؟ هل لاحتياجاتنا لرغباتنا لميولنا لاحلامنا نهاية؟
هل لحروبنا ومعاركنا وقتلانا ودماءنا نهاية؟ هل لطعامنا لغذائنا لشرابنا نهاية؟ هل لكلماتنا لالفاظنا لاشعارنا لخطابتنا نهاية؟
متى واين تثبت قائمتك ومن انت لتتحكم بهذه القائمة بشكل مطلق دون ان تنفلت منك؟
كم مرة ومرة اعادت صياغة قوائمك وترتيبها كم مرة ادخلت جديد عليها وكم مره حذفت وكم مرة ابدلت والغيت
وكأنك في لعبة لا تنتهي مع قوائمك وجداولك
بين نهائية الأشياء ولا نهائيتها أين انت منهم واين هي منك؟

هل فينا الجرأة لذكر وتعداد
Fahad Alqurain
Feb 23, 2016 Fahad Alqurain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ممتع وفريد من نوعه ومليئ بالفن، وما يعيبه تفرعاته وتشتيت الذهن
Abu Hasan
Jun 10, 2014 Abu Hasan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أثناء إحدى جلسات قراءة الكتاب، تقترب مني ابنتي وبيدها ورقة عليها قائمة بالأسواق التجارية (المولات) في دبي وأسماء المحلات في كل مول... صراحة لا أدري دافعها، وهي التي تفاجئني دائماً بمبادراتها الغريبة، والذي حيرني فعلا هو هذا التوقيت الغريب في تزامن كتابتها لقائمتها مع قراءتي لهذا الكتاب
عودة للكتاب، ما أثاره فيّ لم يكن العجب من عبقرية إيكو وقدرته على إنتاج هكذا كتاب والذي يحتاج ثقافة موسوعية واطلاعا غير محدود، بقدر ما كان الحسرة على أنه لم يُقيض بعد لتراثنا العربي والإسلامي شخص مثل إيكو قادر على ا
David Lafferty
Nov 21, 2012 David Lafferty rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book filled with amazing images, wonderful commentary (of course) by Eco, and very cool excerpts from a variety of literature. Some of this stuff is obscure to say the least. This is a book to be savored, and I anticipate I'll be enjoying it for a lifetime.
Alaa Bahabri
Sep 15, 2014 Alaa Bahabri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ككتاب فلفسي/فني، يتحدث عن فكرة القوائم ، كفكرة فلسفية تاريخية ، ويستقرأها
عبر النصوص الأدبية و الرسومات الفنية
من الكتب التي لن تنساها، وهو تجربة أكثر من كونه كتاب مقروء ..
وهو أشبه بلغز، ويحتاج الكثير من التفكير والتأمل،،فالتفسير الذي يقدمه المؤلف محدود للفصل الذي يتحدث عنه، ثم يتبع شرحه مجموعة من النصوص و اللوحات التي تدعم الفكرة و تفتح الباب لتقودك تأملاتك أنت للفكرة الرئيسيةالتي يود المؤلف أن يوصلها،،
و لا أدري هل هناك كتب أخرى تشابه هذا الكتاب؟
لو أردت أن أوجز الأفكار الموجودة في الكتاب،
Heather Shaw
Dec 11, 2009 Heather Shaw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
Umberto Eco is a world renowned medievalist, philosopher, semiotician, literary critic, and currently the president of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, University of Bologna. A frequent contributor to the popular press, Eco has written two children’s books, and is a successful novelist and essayist. His best-known novels are The Name of the Rose and Foucault’s Pendulum. Eco, however, confessed in an interview in 1996 that The Name of the Rose may be a book more unread that read. “It hap ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Rexistopheles rated it really liked it
Umberto Eco will remain a fixture in my fantasy dinner party, next to Frederic Chopin and Dorothy Parker. There is something heroic and yet humble in his intellect. Those that have followed his collaboration with the Louvre have enjoyed his taking unusual themes, sometimes brilliant for their obviousness like "beauty" other times brilliant for their subtle importance like "enumeration", and watch him walk through the western canon the way michael jordan drives the key.

Those treating these works
Feb 25, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2010
Eco's eccentric book is a ramble through the lists, catalogues, collections and antiquaries that have fashioned our culture. You will learn odd facts, strange details, and obscurities gallore. Eco brings his polymathic knowledge and voluminous reading to bear on the subject of lists.

Beautifuly produced. fully illustrated, with commentary and collections of quotations, literary extracts and poetry.

There are lists of all sorts and kinds. There are pictures that form kinds of lists, collection are
Mar 23, 2015 GONZA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Condivido con Eco questa piccola ossessione e quindi non potevo che amare questo libro che raccoglie le liste migliori e soprattutto quelle a cui non avevo ancora pensato. Come al solito corredato da magnifiche illustrazioni, un libro che é un piacere per gli occhi e per la mente.
Jun 03, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015_read
Not quite what I was expecting.
hope mohammed
Oct 23, 2014 hope mohammed rated it it was amazing
الكتاب عبارة عن قصف جمالي سواء من المؤلفات الادبية العريقة او اللوحات الباذخة للاسف لم اجد الورقي ولم استطع الصبر حتى يحدث فقرأته الكترونيا كاول مرة يصور للشبكة على يد حساب@ketab_n .

التجول في هذا الكتاب متعه تشبه متعه التجول في متحف لكن مايرشدك هنا الورق وتذوقك الشخصي ..
التجول شيق ومتاح هنا للجميع .. وانت جوال محظوظ اذا أخدت كامل الوقت للتوقف عند كل جمالية ..
Nov 05, 2011 Jonfaith rated it really liked it
The hefty portfolio concludes with a poem by Apollinaire and I found myself sighing and drifting again through the arresting collection of images. I read the sections by Burton, Pynchon and Calvino a number of times. This is a great book to keep at home, not designed for portability.
Feb 05, 2010 Kate marked it as to-read
I was going to buy this from the London Review Bookstore (one of my top 10 favorite bookstores) but didn't. It was just too heavy. I was already laden with computer and photography equipment. In heels. Raining. Another time.
Ed Finn
A weird, remarkable and beautiful book. A compendium of literary lists and an incredible trove of related art.
Umberto Eco
Op vrijdagavond is de Italiaanse schrijver Umberto Eco overleden. Hij schreef onder meer de romans 'De naam van de roos' (ook verfilmd), 'De slinger van Foucault', 'Het eiland van de vorige dag'. Maar van zijn hand verscheen ook werk over literatuur zoals 'Zes wandelingen door fictieve bossen' (lezingen), 'De structuur van de slechte smaak' (essays), 'De poëtica van Joyce' (een analyse van het werk van Joyce) en het prachtig geïllustreerde en op verzoek geschreven werk 'De betovering
May 31, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, art
Oh, Mr. Eco! If I could understand what you have written I would worship your god-like abilities to write!

Knowing that Umberto Eco is not easy reading and, thinking that this "brief" "picture book" would be a light (ha!) introduction to his style before attempting The Name of the Rose, I picked it up with the intention to finish it in a couple of days.

Don't let the concise chapters and the numerous photo-filled pages fool you; this isn't an easy book to get through.

The motivation behind this boo
Penguin Gunter
Aug 26, 2014 Penguin Gunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ļoti informatīva, patīkami un saskanīgi sakārtota. Grāmatā stāstīts par sarakstu veidošanas un tulkošanas metodēm cauri gadsimtiem literatūrā un mākslā sākot no pirmajiem rakstītajiem avotiem, turpinot ar centieniem veidot pirmās vārdnīcas (suns - visiem zināms dzīvnieks) un enciklopēdijas, veidot visu zināmo lietu un parādību uzskaitījumus, beidzot ar mūsdienu mākslinieku izmantotajiem sarakstiem. Izrādās (un patiesi, ja tā padomā! Bet kurš gan domā par sarakstiem?) ir saskanīgu pārmērību sarak ...more
Apr 07, 2015 Magister rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2014 Runa rated it really liked it
Those who take a delight in lists will find it delightful to read what is ultimately a list of lists; this is a book that is valuable in its bookness, its effervescent collection of visual and literary lists, all crammed together and almost - I think Eco would argue - infinite.
Marcella Bongiovanni
Un po' deludente, acquistato per una passione insana per le liste...
Alex Cuadrado
Sep 06, 2014 Alex Cuadrado rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-books
Captivating, delightful - a potpourri of genius.
May 15, 2014 Brandon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly disappointed, when all I can recommend is the pictures...
Alessio Volli
Apr 17, 2016 Alessio Volli marked it as to-read
bello da leggere, bello da fantasticare
Sep 20, 2014 Yannis rated it it was amazing
Υπέροχες λίστες, εξαιρετικές αφορμές
Jan 25, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
A series of meditations on the character of different sorts of lists, especially those that appear in literature and art, Eco's rich illustrative excerpts are more substantial than his own prose. Some of these lists are wonderful, but lists aren't necessarily the most engaging genre to read. Eco's thoughts, especially in the first half of the book are quite compelling, but I wish he would have included more about the connections between the excellent art collection here and his various categorie ...more
Andrea Patrick
Jul 23, 2012 Andrea Patrick rated it really liked it
Something of a companion to Eco's quick art history survey History of Beauty and follow-up On Ugliness, but with the addition of literature to the survey. Eco sorts out the different kinds of lists (I couldn't even name three before I read this) and gives wonderful examples. Accompanying examples of art demonstrate visual conceptions of what might be categorized as lists. As always, Eco makes me think about thinking in new ways.
Mary Kathryn
Jul 28, 2010 Mary Kathryn rated it liked it
Lovely on the eyes, Eco's consideration of lists and catalogues, which he wrote in response to a request from the Louvre, dwells mostly on the visual side. As a maximalist, I enjoyed this erudite discussion of visual and literary lists, but lamented the lack of cookbook consideration. He points out some interesting binaries/distinctions, such as pragmatic and poetic lists, as well as coherent and chaotic lists.
Feb 09, 2011 Rosemary rated it really liked it
Better than counting sheep for insomniacs: contemplating the scenes engraved upon the shield of Achilles. Or reading again Homer's catalog of ships. Based on a series of lectures by Eco and illustrated with masterworks from the Louvre, this not a read cover-to-cover book. This is a dip into a chapter and slowly savor, drifting off to dream of lists of angels.
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