White Magic ─ The Age of Paper
  • White Magic ─ The Age of Paper

  • ISBN13:9780745672533
  • 出版社:John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • 作者:Lothar Muller
  • 裝訂/頁數:精裝/352頁
  • 規格:23.1cm*15.2cm (高/寬)
  • 出版日:2014/12/15
定  價:NT$2448元
優惠價: 92203
可得紅利積點:66 點




Paper is older than the printing press, and even in its unprinted state it was the great network medium behind the emergence of modern civilization. In the shape of bills, banknotes and accounting books it was indispensible to the economy. As forms and files it was essential to bureaucracy. As letters it became the setting for the invention of the modern soul, and as newsprint it became a stage for politics. In this brilliant new book Lothar M?ller describes how paper made its way from China through the Arab world to Europe, where it permeated everyday life in a variety of formats from the thirteenth century onwards, and how the paper technology revolution of the nineteenth century paved the way for the creation of the modern daily press. His key witnesses are the works of Rabelais and Grimmelshausen, Balzac and Herman Melville, James Joyce and Paul Val?ry. M?ller writes not only about books, however: he also writes about pamphlets, playing cards, papercutting and legal pads. We think we understand the ?Gutenberg era?, but we can understand it better when we explore the world that underpinned it: the paper age.Today, with the proliferation of digital devices, paper may seem to be a residue of the past, but M?ller shows that the humble technology of paper is in many ways the most fundamental medium of the modern world.
Lothar M?ller is editor of the features section of the S?ddeutsche Zeitung. He taught general and comparative literature at Berlin Free University and, since 2010, he has been an Honorary Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2013 he was awarded the Berlin Prize for Literary Criticism.