This is Not the End of the Book – Umberto Eco, J.C. Carrière

This is Not the End of the Book is a must-read for every book lover and serious readers out there. I cannot emphasize this enough. It is undoubtedly a book that follows the thinkers and intellectual people of our age. And if you want to exchange ideas with them on your mind, you’ll find this book priceless.


This is Not the End of the Book - Umberto Eco, Jean-Claude Carrière

While technology is developing at a tremendous rate, it is getting older at the same speed. Printed books are in their usual place, in libraries and our lives, as they will be forever. The question of whether the e-book, which has been the subject of the last period, will kill the printed book disappears with this book. Aren’t we all bored already?

How do we decide which books will remain from the past? Which precious books are thrown from libraries during this eliminating process? What will happen to our books after we die? The conversation in the book, where you can find answers to many and more provocative questions like these, is so pleasant that you’ll feel as if you are at their house. And you’ll give it a good laugh while reading the rejection letter to the books that are classics now. Enjoy!

This is Not the End of the Book - Umberto Eco, Jean-Claude Carrière

This is Not the End of the Book

‘The book is like the spoon: once invented, it cannot be bettered’ – Umberto Eco.

These days it is impossible to get away from discussions of whether the book will survive the digital revolution. Blogs, tweets and newspaper articles on the subject appear daily, many of them repetitive, most of them admitting ignorance of the future. Amidst the twittering, the thoughts of Jean-Claude Carrière and Umberto Eco come as a breath of fresh air.

This thought-provoking book takes the form of a conversation in which Carrière and Eco discuss everything from how to define the first book to what is happening to knowledge now that infinite amounts of information are available at the click of a mouse.

En route there are delightful digressions into personal anecdote. We find out about Eco’s first computer and the book Carrière is most sad to have sold. And while, as Carrière says, the one certain thing about the future is that it is unpredictable, it is clear from this conversation that, in some form or other, the book will survive.

Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco OMRI was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. He is widely known for his 1980 novel Il nome della rosa, a historical mystery combining semiotics in fiction with biblical analysis, medieval studies, and literary theory.


Jean-Claude Carrière

Jean-Claude Carrière is a French novelist, screenwriter, actor, and Academy Award honoree. He was an alumnus of the École normale supérieure de Saint-Cloud and was president of La Fémis, the French state film school.

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