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Inhaltsangabe: Tackles the most pervasive of sins -- lying, using history & mythology, anecdote & analysis, to shed light on our long relationships with deception. Opens with a cross-cultural survey of the important -- & ambiguous -- role that lying plays in a wealth of early texts & stories, from the Bible to myths about the most inventive liars: tricksters. Sullivan asks what motivates people to lie, what mechanisms are involved in creating an effective lie, & what the costs are once we ve decided to commit one. Society has responded with countermeasures, from the medieval ordeal to the lie detector test, but the fact is that for millennia we have been experts at deceit. Touching on philosophy, lit., history, & psychology, this is a witty & erudite tour of the realm of trickery.
Über den Autor:
Evelin Sullivan teaches technical writing at Stanford University. She is the author of four novels, including The Dead Magician and The Correspondence. She lives in Redwood City, California, with her husband.
Buchbeschreibung Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2001. hardcover. Buchzustand: Fine copy in fine dust jacket. 1st edition.. 8vo, 334 pp., Remainder mark upper edge. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 013111
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