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How to Travel with a Salmon & Other Essays (Diario minimo #2)

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In these “impishly witty and ingeniously irreverent†essays (Atlantic Monthly), “the Andy Rooney of academia†(Los Angeles Times) takes on computer jargon, librarians, bureaucrats, meals on airplanes, bad coffee, taxi drivers, 33-function watches, soccer fans, and more. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Harvest Books (first published 1992)
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Mariℓina
It's a pretty hard task to speak out your mind -truthfully- about important people's writings.
Umberto Eco is a well known and highly celebrated for his works, philosopher, writer, anthropologist, sociologist and so on, but that doesn't exclude him from critics, ratings and reviews and it shouldn't either.


This particular collection is filled with articles targeting mundane vexations of modern life -that he radically hates- and what enables us to face them. Whilst the reader can identify a great m
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Londi
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Eco can be really funny :)
Magdalena
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E-co w matriksie

Zbiór felietonów „Jak podróżować z łososiem” to znane nam teksty z „Zapisków na pudełku od zapałek”, uzupełnione o nowe, napisane w XXI wieku. „Zapiski” autor tworzył jako człowiek bardzo dojrzały, ponad sześćdziesięcioletni, znany ze swoich doskonałych powieści. Jak teraz patrzy na świat, gdy przybyło mu wiosen? Otóż Umberto Eco świetnie porusza się w wirtualnej przestrzeni i, rzecz jasna, ma na jej temat własne, oryginalne zdanie.

Jest niezwykle interesującą sprawą przeczytać,
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elenirou
Υπέροχος. Ελπίζω να διαβάσουν το "πώς να φυλάγεστε από τις χήρες" πριν εκδώσουν ανέκδοτα γραπτά του. Αλλά μπα.
Ebtihal Abuali
Dec 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أعجبني في هذا الكتاب الإنتقاد الساخر، الذكي، والمضحك لأمور واقعية، بعيداً عن الهزل أو التجريح.. في مقاله (كيفية السفر مع سلمون) ينتقد كيف أن الانظمة المعلوماتية التي يفترض ان تجعل حياتنا اسهل هي ذاته يمكنها ان تجعل حياتنا اكثر تعقيدا وتجعل السفر مع سلمون صعباً!

فقط لمت نفسي على اختيار نسخة مترجمة مرتين! (نسخة المركز الثقافي العربي): من الايطالية إلى الفرنسية ومن ثم إلى العربية. ثمة كلمات فشلت الترجمة في نقلها الى العربية وأبقتها كما هي، وفي مواضع اخرى وجدتني قادرة على تصور ترجمات أفضل للعبارات!

ال
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Ken
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is funny to me now how forward thinking Eco was in terms of the mobile phone, the subject of my favorite essay in this book. In 1992, when the devices were still a rarity, he likened a mobile phone not to a luxury item for the important, but as a dog collar for the servants. I don't remember the exact words anymore, but his main point seemed to be, "If you are really important, you have someone else take care of that stuff for you; you are not at anyone's beck and call." It changed my view th ...more
Naia
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rozkosznie ironiczne, dowcipne, inteligentne teksty. Starsze bawią, nowsze, na temat internetu, braku prywatności i wstydu, dodatkowo dają do myślenia. W większych ilościach robią się jednak męczące, dlatego sugeruję rozłożyć lekturę na dłużej i czytać w mniejszych dawkach, po jednym-dwa dziennie.
Agnieszka Kalus
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zabawne, dowcipne, inteligentne felietony, w których autor w krzywym zwierciadle przedstawia otaczającą go rzeczywistość. Świetny obserwator i komentator!
Paul Kohn
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No two essays are the same, but most are very amusing!
Very well written and covering so many interesting topics that you never knew you wanted to know anything about, this is a great and easy read.
Stela
En quittant Roumanie il y a plus de huit ans, je laissais là-bas non seulement une partie de ma famille et des amis, mais aussi d’une grande bibliothèque dont j’ai apporté au Canada peu de livres (surtout des écrivains roumains) en me disant que j’allais la refaire ici. Ce que j’ai fait, en rachetant peu à peu les titres que j’avais et aimais. Le problème est que j’ai tendance à oublier si j’ai acheté ou non un livre et me voici déjà avec une belle pile de doubles à donner à des amis.

C’est ce q
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Weronika Zimna
My last birthday present. Really curious about this one.
billyskye
While making my way through this collection I couldn’t help but be reminded of the classic scene from Fight Club in which the narrator introduces Tyler Durden to the concept of a “single-serving friend.” Umberto Eco is very clever, but with the wit washed away I’ve almost become convinced that the contents of this book could be summarized in a series of tweet-length statements.

To be sure, the essays are mostly amusing. “How to Replace a Driver’s License” and “How to Play Indians” were two of my
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Princess78
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Duhoviti, lagani ali i zanimljivi i emotivni tekstovi (Pismo sinu), moja jedina zamjerka je što ima puno sličnih priča, npr.u nekoliko njih zaredom autor kritizira konzumerizam no to je pretpostavljam prije do urednika- izdavača :)
umberto
Dec 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Hilarity is what we can find while reading this sequel of his "Misreadings" (Picador 1994) since Umberto Eco has written like a true professor as aptly credited to St. Augustine I read somewhere some years ago, that is, 'St. Augustine wrote like a professor' [to verify, Would any GR friend please inform me if you know its reference?]. This of course has proven one thing, that is, writing is one of the tough, grinding and formidable processes essential to all good and great professors worldwide f ...more
Vinothraj J
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I like the notion of stubborn incuriosity. To cultivate a stubborn incuriosity, you have to limit yourself to certain areas of knowledge. You cannot be totally greedy. You have to
oblige yourself not to learn everything. Or else you will learn nothing.” - Umberto Eco (1932-2016)

Probably not the first Umberto Eco one would pick up, but this caught my eye at a quaint hotel in Matheran.

It is a series of articles, with topics from one's daily routine, taken forward via witty, haphazard thoughts. Fr
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Τζαζίλας Μπάμπης
Καυστικός και απολαυστικός, ευρηματικός κι ευφυολόγος, μέσα από μια σειρά δοκιμίων ποικίλης θεματολογίας και βιωματικού/αυτοβιογραφικού χαρακτήρα, γραμμένα μεταξύ 1980-91, ο Έκο στηλιτεύει την παραδοξότητα, ερευνά τη ζωή στις διάφορες πτυχές της -τέχνη, επιστήμη, τεχνολογία, γραφειοκρατεία, ανθρώπινη ματαιοδοξία κ.α.- και ξεμπροστιάζει το ανθρώπινο ον όπως του αξίζει υπό το πρίσμα, πάντα, της σάτιρας. Το φανταστικό μπλέκεται περίτεχνα με το πραγματικό σε πολλά σημεία κι ο αναγνώστης αφήνεται να ...more
toni
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favs: <How to Take Intelligent Vacations>, <How to Use the Taxi Driver>, <How to Eat Ice Cream>, <How to Justify a Private Library>, <How to Compile an Inventory>, <Editorial Revision>, <How to Write an Introduction> and <How to Watch Out for Widows>.

Secretly skipped: <Stars and Stripes>, <On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1>, <How to Buy Gadgets>, <Three Owls on a Chest Drawers>, <Seq
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Popaj
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, essay
Book for a good morning, book for a good night. Book for every day. When it rains, and when it's sunny. It is always next to me when I want to laugh. Eco's sense of humor refreshes, purifies, raises...
One of my favorite books.
Agnesca
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ca faisait longtemps qu'un livre ne m'avait fait rire "à haute voix" !
En général il y a des livres qui amènent un sourire amusé à quelques bons mots, mais là il y a eu des moments d'esclaffage (?) ! Et j'en avais bien besoin... Si vous en connaissez d'autres dans la même veine..
Michael
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014_read
It's a rare book that provokes me to giggle out loud at 1:30am.
Joy
Jun 12, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I haven't read anything by Eco before but since one of my friends gave it 5 stars it is probably worth a look :)
Mazel
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avez-vous déjà eu besoin de mettre un saumon fumé dans le mini-frigo de votre chambre d'hôtel ? Tenté d'installer un logiciel en lisant les trois volumes d'explications fournis par le fabricant. Renoncé à prendre un médicament anodin en raison des risques terribles que sa notice fait peser sur " certains sujets " ? Entrepris de chercher du sexe sur Internet ? Si vous répondez oui à l'une de ces questions, alors vous vous reconnaîtrez dans les pages de ce livre, qui relate, sur un mode hilarant e ...more
Louai Roumani
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This probably has to be Eco's lightest read ever; a collection of entertaining newspaper column articles, around 4 pages each, written in the late 80s and early 90s. Titles revolve around daily routine activities/events and Eco geniusly analyzes them with his renowned wit and intellect. He talks about how all taxi drivers in the world have one thing in common; in that they never have change. To avoid having one's unworthy notes and 'secret letters' published after death, Eco advises writers to i ...more
Heli
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enpä taas muista, mille viimeksi olisin nauranut näin paljon kuin Econ pakinoille. Semiootikko kuvailee nykyaikaista (1980-1990-lukujen) ja melko akateemissävytteistä elämänmenoa erilaisten väärinymmärrysten kautta. Sähköiset viestintävälineet eivät Econ kertomuksissa auta vaan hankaloittavat viestintää.

Kumma kyllä Eco ei näytä innostuvan liiasta selittämisestäkään. Pakinat "Miten käy johdannon kirjoittaminen" ja "Miten mikin käy bongassa" pilkkaavat runsasta metatekstin käyttöä (tieteellisissä)
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Intortetor
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"bustine di minerva" e giochi verbali, una storia della filosofia in filastrocche e i ricordi di alessandria, e altro ancora: qui non c'è il semiologo (forse) o il romanziere ma un uomo di enorme cultura che sapeva divertirsi con essa. ci mancherà. davvero.
Philipp

The train, in America, is not a choice. It is a punishment for, having neglected to read Weber on the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism, making the mistake of remaining poor.
Rachida
Jul 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
حسنا ، لم أستطع الاستمتاع به ،أكاد أجزم أني لم أفهم أغلب المقالات التي وردت فيه . كان العنوان أول ماجذبني فيه وقرأت النص -من النت - الذي يحمل نفس العنوان والذي أعجبني ودفعني لاقتناءه..يا للاسف لم يكن يستحق
Bettie☯
Sep 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nathan
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linguists and other degenerates.
Shelves: humor
Hilarious, in that uniquely Eco-ian way. You will never travel with a dead aquatic special the same way again.

NC
Eric
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never had this much fun being made fun of. If you don't mind excessive exercises in the absurd, juxtaposed with educational wit this may be the book for you.
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