How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays

How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays

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Overview

In these “impishly witty and ingeniously irreverent” essays (Atlantic Monthly), “the Andy Rooney of academia” (Los Angeles Times) takes on computer jargon, librarians, bureaucrats, meals on airplanes, bad coffee, taxi drivers, 33-function watches, soccer fans, and more. Translated by William Weaver. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156001250
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/15/1995
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 320,117
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

UMBERTO ECO (1932–2016) was the author of numerous essay collections and seven novels, including The Name of the Rose,The Prague Cemetery, and Inventing the Enemy. He received Italy’s highest literary award, the Premio Strega, was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government, and was an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Hometown:

Bologna, Italy

Date of Birth:

January 5, 1932

Date of Death:

February 19, 2016

Place of Birth:

Alessandria, Italy

Education:

Ph.D., University of Turin, 1954

Table of Contents

Preface 1(4)
How to Travel with a Salmon
5(4)
How to Replace a Driver's License
9(10)
How to Eat in Flight
19(4)
How to Go Through Customs
23(4)
How to Travel on American Trains
27(4)
How to Take Intelligent Vacations
31(4)
How to Use the Taxi Driver
35(4)
How Not to Talk about Soccer
39(4)
How to Use the Coffeepot from Hell
43(3)
How to React to Familiar Faces
46(4)
How to Be a TV Host
50(6)
How Not to Know the Time
56(4)
Stars and Stripes
60(32)
Conversation in Babylon
92(15)
On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1
95(12)
How to Eat Ice Cream
107(4)
How It Begins, and How It Ends
111(4)
How to Justify a Private Library
115(3)
How to Compile an Inventory
118(4)
How to Spend Time
122(4)
How to Buy Gadgets
126(12)
How to Follow Instructions
138(4)
How to Become a Knight of Malta
142(4)
How to Deal with Telegrams
146(4)
How Not to Use the Fax Machine
150(4)
How Not to Use the Cellular Phone
154(4)
Three Owls on a Chest of Drawers
158(18)
Editorial Revision
176(4)
Sequels
180(4)
How to Use Suspension Points
184(4)
How to Write an Introduction
188(4)
How to Write an Introduction to an Art Catalogue
192(10)
How to Set the Record Straight
202(3)
How to Watch Out for Widows
205(4)
How to Organize a Public Library
209(4)
How to Speak of Animals
213(4)
How to Play Indians
217(5)
How to Recognize a Porn Movie
222(4)
How to Avoid Contagious Diseases
226(4)
How to Choose a Remunerative Profession
230(4)
The Miracle of San Baudolino
234

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How to Travel with a Salmon and Other Essays 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
e1da on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It definitely had its moments of laugh out loud and killer wit, but drug on and on at points too...
SirRoger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These short pieces not only tickle my funny bone, but appeal to the would-be scholar in me. This is why I love Eco.
WaxPoetic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Essays, particularly when very well-written, surpass short-stories for one very specific reason: they are generally based in fact, which is always funnier than truth and frequently more difficult to pin down.I bought my copy of this book at the Oxford Bookstore in Kolkata. Friends and I had gone there to see an exhibit of paintings of ordinary daily use things. I saw the spine and the stack of books by Mr. Eco and had to stop and pick one up. It was a lovely gift to myself, and one that brought my travel companions and I great joy. We particularly enjoyed the advice on dealing with the coffeepot from hell and also the discussion of how to function in the blissfully self-indulgent bureaucracy of the Italian university system.I am a great admirer of Mr. Eco's writings and revel in these wonderful moments of discovery. The ordinary daily use object of a book that holds the potential for such things as ordinary daily laughter.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I can only take in small pieces. Individually, almost every essay is delightful; as a whole, they get a bit tedious. Good book to have by your bedside, and read one or two an evening. Or in the bathroom. Favorite essays; Rejection letters.
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