An Elemental Thing
Eliot Weinberger (Author)
DescriptionWith An Elemental Thing, Weinberger turns from his celebrated political chronicles to the timelessness of the subjects of his literary essays. With the wisdom of a literary archaeologist-astronomer-anthropologist-zookeeper, he leads us through histories, fables, and meditations about the ten thousand things in the universe: the wind and the rhinoceros, Catholic saints and people named Chang, the Mandaeans on the Iran-Iraq border and the Kaluli in the mountains of New Guinea. Among the thirty-five essays included are a poetic biography of the prophet Muhammad, which was praised by the London Times for its "great beauty and grace," and "The Stars," a reverie on what's up there that has already been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Maori.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
May 17, 2007
5.3 X 0.7 X 8.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author
Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.