Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive Comportments and Movements in Use Around the World

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Price
$24.95  $23.20
Publisher
MIT Press
Publish Date
Pages
336
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780262547994

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About the Author
François Caradec (1924-2008) was a French writer and a member of both the Collége de 'Pataphysique and the Oulipo. His voluminous oeuvre includes biographies of Raymond Roussel and Alfred Jarry, as well as an encyclopedia of practical jokes and a dictionary of French slang. Caradec was a devoted specialist in Alphonse Allais, compiling and editing his collected works, and was one of the first historians of the bande dessinée in France.
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This work deserves a thumbs up for its appeal to a broad audience.--Booklist--

If François Caradec's delightfully idiosyncratic Dictionary of Gestures is to be believed, almost all of them amount to some species of mortal insult or erotic invitation somewhere in the world.

--Daily Telegraph--

[a] huge contemporary relevance, helping to avoid misunderstandings in an increasingly multicultural society. This book could even save lives.

--The Spectator--

A strangely eclectic reference manual....an eyeopener.

--National Post--