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  • A hymn to the unifying power of literature... Around the World in 80 Books takes us on a tour of the author's global head, and while expanding our knowledge it enlarges our capacity for fellow-feeling

    Peter Conrad, Observer
  • It is always a pleasure to talk about books with David Damrosch, who has read all of them, and he is so eloquent and understanding about them all

    Orhan Pamuk
  • Restlessly curious, insightful, and quirky, David Damrosch is the perfect guide to a round-the-world adventure in reading. With such a companion, you never know where you will go next, but you can be confident that the encounter will be memorable. Count me in!

    Stephen Greenblatt, author of TYRANT and THE SWERVE
  • An insightful journey into the books that have for so long captivated us. Profound, boundless and diverse

    Jokha Alharthi, author of Celestial Bodies
  • Pleasurable and full of insights, Around the World in 80 Books is such a joyful journey through the places, times and people who have made our world literature. Every time I finished a chapter I felt an urge to discover or re-read the books whose stories Damrosch is telling so vividly - but that meant putting down his own book and I wasn't able do that...

    Dror Mishani, author of The Missing File and Three
  • A vast, fascinating latticework of books within books... This rewarding literary Baedeker will inspire readers to discover new places

    Kirkus
  • Damrosch's richly conceived survey offers readers a colorful map for an illuminating, enlivening tour of their own libraries. Travel fans and literature lovers alike will find something to savor

    Publisher's Weekly

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