An Elemental Thing

An Elemental Thing

by Eliot Weinberger

Paperback

$17.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

Internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative writers today, Eliot Weinberger has taken the essay into unexplored territories on the borders of poetry and narrative where the only rule, according to the author, is that all the information must be verifiable.


With 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811216944
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 05/28/2007
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 521,779
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Eliot Weinberger is an essayist, editor, and translator. He lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews