By Eliot Weinberger
Internationally acclaimed as some of the most leading edge writers this present day, Eliot Weinberger has taken the essay into unexplored territories at the borders of poetry and narrative the place the single rule, in line with the writer, is that every one the data needs 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 concerning the 10000 issues within the universe: the wind and the rhinoceros, Catholic saints and other people named Chang, the Mandaeans at the Iran-Iraq border and the Kaluli within the mountains of recent Guinea. one of the thirty-five essays incorporated are a poetic biography of the prophet Muhammad, which was once praised through the London Times for its "great good looks and grace," and "The Stars," a reverie on what is up there that has already been translated into Arabic, chinese language, Hindi, and Maori.
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