Edition: 2016
Pages: 102
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788842078265

Books and Liberty

Luciano Canfora



Censorship, bonfires, imaginary books, bibliomania and criminality: the power of books and the fierce struggle between books and power are described in a captivating volume that never fails to surprise. From reading as a morbid passion to libraries as the mirror of their owners or creators, from the ‘frenzied pursuit of books’ to the ‘erudite ignorance’ of the career librarian…

The author

Luciano Canfora

Luciano Canfora, historian of the ancient world and Italian philologist, is one of Italy’s foremost living intellectuals. Professor emeritus of Greek and Latin philology at the University of Bari, he is a member of the “Institute for the classical tradition” in Boston, of the “Fondazione Istituto Gramsci” in Rome, and directs the journal Quaderni di storia. His numerous studies, translated worldwide, are characterised by a multidisciplinary approach and a broad field of research.

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