The book was The Barbarians: An Essay On the Mutation of Culture by the Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco. I made a note to check it and. The Italian writer Alessandro Baricco has commented in his analysis on global connective culture, The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutation of Culture, back in . The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutation of Culture by Alessandro Baricco, translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Alessandro Baricco ends his look at Millennial ( or.

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If we want to investigate the big success which has interested the novel as a genre, we have to flip through the pages of newspaper read by XVIII century middle classes. In that social period reading novels became the favorite occupation of a growing number of people and it was in some way a new form of entertainment. In this way the reading was never boring because of it shortness and it had the big advantage to stimulate readers to see how the story ends and, of course, to raise newspaper selling.

Some of those stories, after years or just when they came to the end, were published in the form of a book. This is the explanation of how some famous authors conceived their texts and how some of the greatest titles came to light. This short story gives a general idea of the work undertaken by the Italian journalist Alessandro Baricco on the pages of the newspaper La Baricfo.

He started publishing from June to October short pieces then gathered in the form of book for the Fandango libri publishing house. The result is that his texts reading is accessible both on alesszndro web version of the newspaper La Repubblica, that on the paper traditional version.


It is in discussion the concept of book and what has to be considered as such. Furthermore the same analysis about books destiny and life — survival?

Ottaviani refers to the thesis expressed by Baricco that novels of the past represents a better production than contemporary ones because readers were less in number and more sophisticated in taste.

What had to be pressed was not a choice made by publishing houses, whose target has always been selling, but it was the public choosing, by their buying. It is a natural conclusion that a great novel was such, as long barbarrians it had critics public and readers approval.

An barbagians point taken up from the book and underlined by Ottaviani is the observation that as the number people able to read and write grow up, automatically, the quality of novels knocked down. He takes as starting point the fact that it was not books molding public taste, rather public cultivated taste to address the book market. The same criterion has some value today.

It is not the fault of a businessman clan if we have bad quality books, but the fault is attributable to our own will. Barbarian society is a metaphor for the persisting globalization process. Barbarian people are taking possession of our cities and of our traditions, staining every peculiarity of local cultures with the featureless mud of easy victories and ephemeral good taste.

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They are controlling every aspects of our culture. And for culture we mean books.


In a key passage of the three chapters dedicated to paper publications Baricco synthesizes the criterion used by barbarian in the choices of their reading, and as a consequence, the root of good taste crisis. The sensation is of widespread garbage, but the principle is less vulgar than we may imagine. Everyone can draw its own conclusions. But far away from considering the passage through printed press- on line press- paper book, a transversal sequence.

The Barbarians: An Essay on The Mutation of Culture (hardcover)

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