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Book Day 2020: This is the list of books Abe Rábade is currently reading:

 

1. Akal Dictionary of Aesthetics (Étienne Souriau)

A compendium of about 1,800 entries- which, in the perspective of a multidisciplinary work, confer form and value to the field of knowledge about aesthetics.

 

2. The White Goddess (Robert Graves)

This book is the outcome of Robert Graves’s curious research into strange territories of folklore, mythology, religion, and magic. It is a scholar-poet’s quest for the meaning of European myths, a polemic about the relations between man and woman, and also an intensely personal document in which Graves explores the sources of his own inspiration.

 

3. Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)

A puzzling and devilishly funny novel, which is among the favorites of its own author and in which his irony and deadly humor are present. It is presented as the posthumous edition of a long poem written by John Shade, the glory of American literature, shortly before he was assassinated. Pale Fire is also a novel of intrigue, in which the reader is invited to take the role of detective.

 

4. The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum)

The Wizard of Oz is an American children’s novel originally published in 1900. It is often reprinted under the title The Wonderful Wizard of Oz which was also the title of the famous 1939 movie adaptation. The story chronicles the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home by a tornado.

 

5. The Crescent Moon (Rabindranath Tagore)
New Moon is one of his most recognized works, and in it we find the curiosity of a child before a new and wonderful world that begins to unfold before him.

 

6. Jefes, Cabecillas, Abusones (Marvin Harris)

Marvin Harris explores in chiefs, ringleaders, and bullies the social parallelism between ancient cultures and even tribal societies with a painstaking analysis of their attitudes, and how tribal chiefs evolved into current political chiefs.

 

 

7. Topology of Violence (Byung-Chul Han)

In Topology of Violence, the philosopher Byung-Chul Han considers the shift in violence from the visible to the invisible, from the frontal to the viral to the self-inflicted, from brute force to mediated force, from the real to the virtual.

 

8. What is Sex ? (Alenka Zupančič)

Alenka Zupančič approaches the question considering sexuality a properly philosophical problem for psychoanalysis; and by psychoanalysis, she means that of Freud and Lacan, not that of the kind of clinician practitioners called by Lacan “orthopedists of the unconscious.”

 

9. La Verdad en Pintura (Jacques Derrida)

It is not only a book about painting -in its limits, its margins, in what surrounds it, as the author himself is pleased to affirm-, but also, and above all, a book about truth. And to Western philosophy, moreover, from the moment it turned painting into both a model and a representation of truth itself.

 

10. Metamorfosis (Ovidio)

This extensive epic poem offers a splendid mythographic display wrapped in a coherent philosophical framework. Two hundred and fifty stories, myths and legends ranging from the birth of humanity and the creation of the world, in the age of cataclysms, to the death and apotheosis of Caesar.

 

11. Zhuang Zi (Maestro Chuang Tsé)
Along with Tao te king and Lie zi, the other fundamental text of Taoism is Zhuang zi. But, in addition, this Chinese classic is one of the masterpieces of world literature.

 


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