The Unicorn
Details about the book
A History of Longing
  • date of publication: 17.04.2023
  • 176 Pages
  • Hanser Verlag
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-3-446-27610-9
  • Deutschland: 24,00 €
  • Österreich: 24,70 €

  • ePUB-Format
  • E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-27816-5
  • E-Book Deutschland: 17,99 €

From the cabinet of curiosities to the child’s nursery, from a Christian motif to the symbol of the queer movement, the unicorn has always fascinated. While today it is an imaginary design on T-shirts, in antiquity and the Middle Ages, people firmly believed in the unicorn’s existence. It was only in the 17th century that natural scientists assigned it to the realm of myth. Bernd Roling and Julia Weitbrecht talk about the turbulent history of the unicorn. They take us through natural history and medicine, literature and art, as well as the present-day media landscape. Entertainingly, they show how the unicorn is an integral part of our imaginations — and its meaning is not limited to the fluffy image it has become in today’s pop culture.


The Unicorn

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