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  • ISBN: 9781861892942
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Few creatures live in such close and intimate contact with human beings as flies. As the constant, immemorial witnesses to the human comedy', flies accompany human beings wherever they go, even beyond (or at least into) the grave. Almost one tenth of all the species known to science are flies. For centuries, flies have been seen as mankind's enemy, blamed for plagues, subject to public excommunication in the Middle Ages and campaigns of extermination during the early years of the twentieth century. As Lord of the Flies', Beelzebub is the embodiment of evil. For many centuries, flies were thought to be produced by spontaneous generation, and thus not to be legitimate parts of God's creation. From St John Chrysostomos through to David Cronenberg, flies and, more especially, their maggots have represented the horror of the formless. And yet human beings have also found it easy to identify with the weakness and vulnerability of their intimate enemies and even occasionally to admire their pursuit of pleasure. "Fly" explores the slow redemption of the fly, as the intricate miracle of its design and function gradually became appreciated. The secrets of the fly's uniquely versatile powers of flight are only just beginning to be understood and harnessed. The twentieth century that began with worldwide campaigns for the extermination of the fly ended with the humble fruit fly at the centre of the revolution brought about by genetics. Connor delights in tracking his lowly subject through myth, literature, poetry, painting, film, and biology. Humans live in close and intimate quarters with flies, but "Fly" is the first book to give these common creatures their due.


"A fascinating little volume, informative because of the imaginative breadth of material use to reflect mankind's attitude to the flies that have shard our lives for millennia. . . . Humanists, dramatists and artists through the centuries are quoted and illustrated in a most readable style that follow strands that sometimes track scientific logic, or other times, simply intrigue the reader. . . . This is a compact work of scholarship, well researched and well referenced, both from entomological and literary standpoints. I commend it to any reader whose view is broader than a microscope tube."-- (04/01/2007)

"In Fly, Steven Connor undertakes the monumental task of acquainting a prejudiced public with the spectacular diversity of Diptera. The book is a tour de force of all manner of flies through both scientific and cultural lenses. . . . The illustrations are an unremitting delight--the author has done a fantastic job of hunting down images of all manner of flies in all manner of media. . . . Fly is a joy to read, and it will particularly appeal to entomologists who have a stake in correcting misperceptions about one of the largest orders of animals."-- (08/24/2007)

"Incisive and erudite."--The Independent (01/18/2007)

"Fly is a fascinating little volume, informative because of the imaginative breadth of material used to reflect mankind's attitude to the flies that have shared our lives for millennia. . . . The text is interspersed with fascinating illustrations. . . . This is a compact work of scholarship, well researched and well referenced, both from entomological and literary standpoints. I commend it to any reader whose view is broader than a microscope tube."-- (08/24/2007)
Detalii
Autor CONNOR, Prof. Steven
An apariţie 2006
Editura Reaktion Books
Nr pagini 224
Dimensiuni 19 x 13.5 cm
Format Paperback
Cuvinte cheie: connor prof steven