What is white magic 1

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The era of paper
  • Release date: 02/27/2012
  • 384 pages
  • Hanser publishing house
  • Hard cover
  • ISBN 978-3-446-23911-1
  • Germany: € 24.90
  • Austria: 25.60 €

You can print and write on it, you can tear, crease and fold it: paper is a magical substance that has contributed to the development of the modern world like no other. As a change and paper money, it was indispensable for the economy. As stationery it became the scene of the modern soul, as newspaper it became the scene of politics. Lothar Müller tells how paper, which originated in China, came from Egypt to Europe and became the raw material of modern civilization. His chief witness is the literature of Rabelais and Grimmelshausen, from James Joyce to Paul Valéry. We believe we know the "Gutenberg Age". But we understand better when we discover its background world: the epoch of paper.

Lothar Müller

Lothar Müller, born in 1954, studied German and history. He was a lecturer in general and comparative literature at the Free University of Berlin and from 1997-2001 an editor in the literary journal of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. ...

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"One would like to praise a lot about this book ... But above all: that a presentation interested in media and materials also makes you want to delve into the authors consulted. You are no longer used to something like that." Helmut Mayer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, March 10, 2012

"An extremely material-rich, but light-footed and - how should one put it - cunning book." Valentin Groebner, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, March 21, 2012

"You have to admire the clever economy with which Lothar Müller navigates us digital-analog hybrids through the fortunately unfinished era of paper." Ina Hartwig, Deutschlandfunk, June 5th, 2012

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