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The Waterless Sea - A Curious History of Mirages

The Waterless Sea - A Curious History of Mirages

Author: Christopher Pinney
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Mirages have long astonished travelers of the sea and beguiled thirsty desert voyagers. Traditional Chinese and Japanese poetry and art depict the above-horizon, superior mirage, or fata morgana, as exhalations of clam-monsters. Indian sources relate mirages to the "thirst of gazelles," a metaphor for the futility of desire. Starting in the late eighteenth century, mirages became a symbol in the West of Oriental despotism--a negative, but also enchanted, emblem. But the mirage motif is rarely simply condemnatory. More often, our obsession with mirages conveys a sense of escape, of fascination, of a desire to be deceived. The Waterless Sea is the first book devoted to the theories and history of mirages. Christopher Pinney navigates a sinuous pathway through a mysterious and evanescent terrain, showing how mirages have impacted politics, culture, science, and religion--and how we can continue to learn from their sublimity.
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  • : 9781780239323
  • : Reaktion Books, Limited
  • : Reaktion Books, Limited
  • : July 2018
  • : ---length:- '8.25'width:- '5.75'units:- Inches
  • : books

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  • : Hardback
  • : 184
  • : Christopher Pinney