Surrealpolitik: Travels in Hyperreality

Author: Umberto Eco

New York: Harcourt Brace & Company (1986)

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Musing on the American fondness for a good, real fake. It comprises mostly banal examples of supposedly fascinating fakery like wax museums and other emporia of reproductions. It was probably all more striking in 1975 when he first wrote the essay.


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[T]he American imagination demands the real thing and, to attain it, must fabricate the absolute fake. (page 8)
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