By Abdelfattah Kilito,Marina Warner,Robyn Creswell
A playful and erudite examine the origins of language
In the start there has been one language—one tongue that Adam used to compose the 1st poem, an elegy for Abel. “These days, nobody bothers to invite concerning the tongue of Adam. it's a naive query, vaguely embarrassing and irksome, like questions posed by means of kids, which it is easy to in basic terms solution quite stupidly.” So starts off Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Tongue of Adam, a pleasant sequence of lectures. With a Borgesian aptitude for riddles, tales, and sophisticated scholarly differences, Kilito offers an collection of discussions with regards to Adam’s tongue, together with translation, comparative faith, and lexicography: for instance, how, from Babel onward, do we clarify the plurality of language? Or can Adam’s poetry be judged aesthetically, kind of like the other poem? Drawing from the commentators of the Koran to Walter Benjamin, from the esoteric speculations of Judaism to Herodotus, The Tongue of Adam is a nimble booklet concerning the mysterious upward thrust of humankind’s multilingualism.
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