TITLE

War and the Book: The Diarist, the Cryptographer, and The English Patient

AUTHOR(S)
Brittan, Alice
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America;Jan2006, Vol. 121 Issue 1, p200
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the connection between reading and writing in books and the forms of national violence such as war and colonialism. Author Michael Ondaatje exposed the armature of literary influence in his novel "The English Patient." Leon Battista Alberti, the father of western cryptography, built the first machine for creating alphabetic codes that allowed printed words to move freely among enemy readers. War espionage use language to conceal the truth of their citizenship, which was also employed by the character in Ondaatje's book.
ACCESSION #
19675613

 

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