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By Maarten Asscher,Brian Doyle-Du Breuil

ISBN-10: 1940423066

ISBN-13: 9781940423067

What does it suggest whilst humans say “You can’t evaluate apples and oranges”? Are comparisons throughout genres inherently invalid, or can they be insightful and illuminating? during this amazing and provocative choice of essays, Dutch writer Maarten Asscher keeps that comparisons will be the top kind of argument.

Asscher makes his case with examples drawn from classical to modern historical past, paintings, and literature: Hamlet in Ithaca and Telemachus in Elsinore, the Mediterranean and the North Sea, writing from a jail mobilephone and writing from a room at domestic, the “suicide” of Primo Levi and jap Kamikaze pilots, and so forth. With swish erudition and idiosyncratic wit, Asscher demonstrates how the comparative process provides perception not just into matters at the same time, but in addition into basic matters they could have in common.

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