John Carey is an acclaimed critic and editor of the bestselling The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Reportage. In his spellbinding new anthology he charts the course of a host of imaginary societies, combining a broad historical sweep with lively variety. We hear from Homer and Marx, Swift and Rousseau, de Sade and Oscar Wilde, Hitler and George Orwell, Italo Calvino and Julian Barnes. Utopias come in every conceivable cultural - and sexual - shade: communist, fascist, anarchist, green, golden age techno-fantastic, all-male, all-female, all-hermaphrodite. The Faber Book of Utopias encompasses some noble and selfless schemes, lofty in their estimate of human potential. But the history of utopias is also spine-chilling in the trail of folly and tyranny it uncovers.Appropriately for a new millennium, this book presents the hopes and fears of humanity from 4,000 years ago till now.
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John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer and broadcaster, and the author of several books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, and most recently, Pure Pleasure: A Guide to the Twentieth Century's Most Enjoyable Books, described, by James Wood in the London Review of Books, as 'likeable, wise and often right . . . one feels an attractive sense of partisanship in Carey's writing, an alliance with the ordinary, the plain spoken, the unlettered, the sympathetic and the humane. Carey writes with an Orwellian attention to decency'. He is a regular critic on BBC2's Newsnight Review. He is also the editor of the best-selling anthologies The Faber Book of Reportage, The Faber Book of Science and The Faber Book of Utopias.
Faber Book of Utopias by John Carey
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