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The Written World

The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization

Martin Puchner

This survey examines the role of literature in the development of the world’s politics, philosophical ideas and spiritual beliefs. Discussing 16 key texts that span 4,000 years, Martin Puchner explores the ways in which the works have shaped social and cultural identity, from the Epic of Gilgamesh in c.2100 BCE to the Harry Potter novels in the 2000s. Puchner concludes by reflecting on the future of the written word’s influence upon human civilization.
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  • Publisher: Random House
  • Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 442pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 232x152mm
  • ISBN: 9780812998931
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.7kg
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