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Babel

Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution

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23144

Einband

Taschenbuch

Erscheinungsdatum

01.09.2022

Verlag

HarperCollins

Seitenzahl

546

Beschreibung

Details

Verkaufsrang

23144

Einband

Taschenbuch

Erscheinungsdatum

01.09.2022

Verlag

HarperCollins

Seitenzahl

546

Maße (L/B/H)

22,7/15,8/4,5 cm

Gewicht

680 g

Auflage

1. Auflage

Sprache

Englisch

ISBN

978-0-00-850182-2

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3.9

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One of the best books I have read so far.

Bewertung am 20.04.2024

Bewertungsnummer: 2182647

Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

The book talks a lot about the power of language/words in shaping the world and how in return society is shaping languages, too. That is established on one hand via the fantasy component of magic ("silverworking"). On the other hand, Kuang also heavily tackles the power dynamics in a wildly colonizing society of 19. century, Great Britain. Kuang shows how it's people in power, who broadly aspire to define what is seen as universal truth and knowledge and how most of the times they will be successful in doing so as well. The author looks at topics like racism and sexism and what such systematic discriminating dynamics in a society do to Individuals living in it. I also really enjoyed the character development of the people involved in the story and how they interact and bond with each other. Although the book talks about heavy, complex topics I enjoyed reading a lot of the book in one go and was finished after only a few days of reading. Total recommendation.
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One of the best books I have read so far.

Bewertung am 20.04.2024
Bewertungsnummer: 2182647
Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

The book talks a lot about the power of language/words in shaping the world and how in return society is shaping languages, too. That is established on one hand via the fantasy component of magic ("silverworking"). On the other hand, Kuang also heavily tackles the power dynamics in a wildly colonizing society of 19. century, Great Britain. Kuang shows how it's people in power, who broadly aspire to define what is seen as universal truth and knowledge and how most of the times they will be successful in doing so as well. The author looks at topics like racism and sexism and what such systematic discriminating dynamics in a society do to Individuals living in it. I also really enjoyed the character development of the people involved in the story and how they interact and bond with each other. Although the book talks about heavy, complex topics I enjoyed reading a lot of the book in one go and was finished after only a few days of reading. Total recommendation.

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Words are magic

Bewertung am 31.12.2022

Bewertungsnummer: 1851438

Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

Ein herausragender Fantasyroman, der mehr ist, als nur das. Clever werden hier Themen wie Rassismus, Kolonisation und Ausgrenzung in die Geschichte eingeflochten. Man wird hineingesogen in eine Welt, in der Worte Magie sein können und begleitet die Charaktere auf dem Weg diese zu lernen. Ein wirklich magisches und wichtiges Stück Literatur.
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Words are magic

Bewertung am 31.12.2022
Bewertungsnummer: 1851438
Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

Ein herausragender Fantasyroman, der mehr ist, als nur das. Clever werden hier Themen wie Rassismus, Kolonisation und Ausgrenzung in die Geschichte eingeflochten. Man wird hineingesogen in eine Welt, in der Worte Magie sein können und begleitet die Charaktere auf dem Weg diese zu lernen. Ein wirklich magisches und wichtiges Stück Literatur.

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On Language and Violence

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After her fantasy series inspired by ancient China and its history, R.F Kuang takes her work to the West. Babel is primarily set in alternative version of mid 19th century England, specificially the college town of Oxford. The story´s protagonist, Robin Swift, was born under a different name in Canton. After his family die from a mysterious disease, his life is saved by an English professor and a magical silver bar. The man, named Lovell, gives him his new name and takes him to England where he is raised with the goal of going to Oxford. This version of Oxford is home to the Royal Institute of Translation, also known under the name Babel. Babel educates young people from all over the world in the art of translation, because in this world, the power of words isn´t just a concept, it is a fact: engraved in silver bars, foreign words and their translation have the power to change reality. When Robin comes to Babel and meets his three classmates - the white daughter of an army man, a black haitian girl raised in France and a boy from India - he soon has to face the reality of being a person of color in a white society. Babel isn´t a story that is read easily. The magic of silver working is a thinly veiled metaphor for the Industrial Revolution and the exploitation of non-white people in England and her colonies. But it´s exactly this heaviness, both topically and stylistically, is what makes it such an important book. Too often, stories of the Industrial Revolution are focused on the oppressed white worker labouring in growing cities. And while those stories are important and certainly deserve to be told, they shouldn´t overshadow the stories of the people of colour who were exploited by the Western countries for centuries.
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On Language and Violence

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After her fantasy series inspired by ancient China and its history, R.F Kuang takes her work to the West. Babel is primarily set in alternative version of mid 19th century England, specificially the college town of Oxford. The story´s protagonist, Robin Swift, was born under a different name in Canton. After his family die from a mysterious disease, his life is saved by an English professor and a magical silver bar. The man, named Lovell, gives him his new name and takes him to England where he is raised with the goal of going to Oxford. This version of Oxford is home to the Royal Institute of Translation, also known under the name Babel. Babel educates young people from all over the world in the art of translation, because in this world, the power of words isn´t just a concept, it is a fact: engraved in silver bars, foreign words and their translation have the power to change reality. When Robin comes to Babel and meets his three classmates - the white daughter of an army man, a black haitian girl raised in France and a boy from India - he soon has to face the reality of being a person of color in a white society. Babel isn´t a story that is read easily. The magic of silver working is a thinly veiled metaphor for the Industrial Revolution and the exploitation of non-white people in England and her colonies. But it´s exactly this heaviness, both topically and stylistically, is what makes it such an important book. Too often, stories of the Industrial Revolution are focused on the oppressed white worker labouring in growing cities. And while those stories are important and certainly deserve to be told, they shouldn´t overshadow the stories of the people of colour who were exploited by the Western countries for centuries.

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