The Complete Book of Everything

The Complete Book of Everything

Lars Gustafsson, Agneta Blomqvist

Lars Gustafsson and his wife Agneta Blomqvist have written their very own, highly subjective encyclopedia – a combination of the personal and the philosophical, also featuring the biological, literary, curious and culinary. Incisive, funny and absolutely indispensable!

Gustafsson’s full spectrum of idiosyncratic entries range from "at the beginning and end of time" to "living together", from "the single most innately irritating thing in the world" to "being one of twins, and other kinds of love". Gustafsson writes about electric fish and detective stories; about Austin, Texas and Berlin; about how flies see the world; and about why our language resembles Swiss cheese. Serious and ironic by turns, he answers all the questions life could possibly throw at us.

What is the connection between the Venus of Willendorf and a toadstool? Why does the head of a watering invariably go missing?

Gustafsson’s compendium reveals connections you would simply never have made for yourself, and contains knowledge both strange and useful – so useful that until you read it, you will never know quite how much you need it.

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