By Eliot Weinberger
Across the world acclaimed as probably the most cutting edge writers this day, Eliot Weinberger has taken the essay into unexplored territories at the borders of poetry and narrative the place the single rule, in keeping with the writer, is that each one the data has to be verifiable.With An Elemental factor, Weinberger turns from his celebrated political chronicles to the timelessness of the topics of his literary essays. With the knowledge of a literary archaeologist-astronomer-anthropologist-zookeeper, he leads us via histories, fables, and meditations in regards to the 10000 issues within the universe: the wind and the rhinoceros, Catholic saints and folks named Chang, the Mandaeans at the Iran-Iraq border and the Kaluli within the mountains of latest Guinea. one of the thirty-five essays incorporated are a poetic biography of the prophet Muhammad, which used to be praised by way of the London occasions for its "great attractiveness and grace," and "The Stars," a reverie on what's up there that has already been translated into Arabic, chinese language, Hindi, and Maori.
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An Elemental Thing by Eliot Weinberger