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How To Talk About Books You Haven’t Read

Pierre Bayard

How and why do we spend so much time talking about forgotten books, books we’ve skimmed or books we’ve only heard about? In this mischievous and provocative book, Pierre Bayard contends that the truly cultivated person does not need to read books: understanding their place in our culture is enough.

  • Published: 02/01/2009
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781847080561
  • 130x20mm, 208 pages

A foxy French bestseller, this theoretical jeu d'esprit ... is the perfect gift for dinner-party pseuds

Daily Telegraph

Rich, meaty and immensely enjoyable

Sunday Times

Brilliant stuff

The Times

The Author

Pierre Bayard is Professor of French Literature at the University of Paris VIII and a psychoanalyst. He is the author of several books, including Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?, a revisionist reinvestigation of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.

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