Veloz mente

Do Médio Oriente ao Big Brother. D'O Código da Vinci ao futebol. Da Internet a Berlusconi.
O início do terceiro milénio visto à lupa pelo mais conceituado pensador e romancista da actualidade.
Os escritos reunidos neste livro foram publicados entre o início de 2000 e o final de 2005, os anos do 11 de Setembro, das guerras no Afeganistão e no Iraque, da instauração de um regime de populismo mediático em Itália.
Ao lê-los, o leitor comprovará que desde o fim do último milénio temos vindo a caminhar para trás a um ritmo dramático. A seguir à queda do Muro de Berlim foi necessário desenterrar os mapas de 1914. As nossas famílias voltaram a ter empregados de cor, como em E Tudo o Vento Levou. A pouco e pouco, o vídeo fez com que a televisão se pudesse converter num cinematógrafo e, graças à ajuda da Internet e das pay-tv, Meucci levou a melhor sobre Marconi e a sua telegrafia sem fios. Agora, o i-Pod reinventou a rádio.
Terminada a Guerra-Fria, os conflitos no Afeganistão e no Iraque fizeram-nos regressar à Guerra Quente; desenterrámos o Grande Jogo de Kipling e voltámos aos tempos do choque entre o Islão e a Cristandade, com os novos assassinos suicidas do Velho da Montanha e os gritos de «socorro, os Turcos!».
Apareceu outra vez o fantasma do Perigo Amarelo, ressurgiram as disputas entre a Igreja e o Estado, a polémica anti-darwiniana do século XIX e o anti-semitismo, e o nosso país voltou a ser governado pelos fascistas (muito post, é certo, mas alguns indivíduos ainda são os mesmos).
Quase que parece que a História, cansada das confusões dos últimos dois mil anos, se está a enrolar em si própria, caminhando velozmente a passo de caranguejo.
Este livro não pretende explicar o que é que devemos fazer para reencontrar a direcção certa, propõe-se apenas travar por alguns instantes este movimento retrógrado.
A Passo De Caranguejo, de Umberto Eco ● DIFEL ● ISBN: 9722908245 ● 2007


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