A jour­ney through lit­er­a­ture in The Writ­ten World by Martin Puch­ner

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We are made up of sto­ries; they shape our imag­i­na­tions and help de­scribe the way we fit in to the world. In this fas­ci­nat­ing book, Pro­fes­sor Martin Puch­ner heads off on an a whis­tle-stop tour of the world on a mis­sion to dis­cover how lit­er­a­ture came to be – from the epic tales of the an­cient world, to the com­pen­dium of tales in Scheherazade’s One Thou­sand and One

Nights, to the el­e­gant in­sights of courtly me­dieval Ja­pan, gleaned from one of the world’s first nov­els – Tale of Genji by Murasaki. Puch­ner also looks at how ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, such as the in­ven­tion of pa­per, and today’s mod­ern tablets (an up­date of the clay tablets of An­cient Me­sopotamia), have made sto­ries today more ac­ces­si­ble. ( Ran­dom House)

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