My Unwritten Books

Description

By one of the world's foremost literary critics, George Steiner's "My Unwritten Books" meditates upon seven books he had long had in mind to write, but never did. Massively erudite, the essays are also brave, unflinching, and wholly personal. In this fiercely original and audacious work, George Steiner tells of seven books which he did not write. Because intimacies and indiscretions were too threatening. Because the topic brought too much pain. Because its emotional or intellectual challenge proved beyond his capacities. The actual themes range widely and defy conventional taboos: the torment of the gifted when they live among--when they confront--the very great; the experience of sex in different languages; a love for animals greater than for human beings; the costly privilege of exile; a theology of emptiness. Yet a unifying perception underlies this diversity. The best we have or can produce is only the tip of the iceberg. Behind every good book, as in a lit shadow, lies the book which remained unwritten, the one that would have failed better.

Details

Author(s)
George Steiner
Format
Hardback | 192 pages
Dimensions
144.78 x 205.74 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
Publication date
17 Jan 2008
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0811217035
ISBN13
9780811217033
Bestsellers rank
1,143,061

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