Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture

Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture

by Daniel Mendelsohn
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Daniel Mendelsohn is a cultural critic and scholar whose interests range from classical literature to contemporary film. He brings life and depth to scholarly issues concerning translation of the Iliad. He takes on the task of placing Sappho's love poems back into the context of their own cultural moment. His explication the film Avatar brilliantly explores its departure from our culture's usual tale of our encounter with a supposedly primitive "other." Mendelsohn discusses the subtext of the film Titanic before moving on to an analysis of the great novel by Stendhal, Charterhouse of Parma. Refusing to pull punches, he looks at the underlying causes of Susan Sontag's mediocrity as a novelist, and he finds a coldness in Jonathan Franzen's fiction that is also apparent in his nonfictional pronouncements and posturings. What weaves these essays together is Mendelsohn's own presence, always vivid, witty, and worldly.