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Around the World in 80 Books by David Damrosch review – an erudite tour of the author’s head

theguardian.com

The New Phileas Fogg

Inspired by Phileas Fogg, an academic treks across the globe without leaving his library in a hymn to the unifying power of literature.

 Reading is travel – an epic trek, a picaresque pursuit, a lyrical flight – and last year it offered release to those of us still itc...

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David Damrosch, a Harvard specialist in comparative literature, projected himself further afield: when conference dates in Tokyo and a smattering of European venues were cancelled, he decided to circumnavigate the globe without leaving his library.

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Damrosch took his cue from Phileas Fogg, the London clubman who speeds across continents and oceans in Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. Needing to win a wager, Fogg bribes drivers and pilots to increase their speed and desperately strips wood from a steamship in mid-Atl...

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