Wednesday, January 5, 2022

"Avian Illuminations"

New from Reaktion Books: Avian Illuminations: A Cultural History of Birds by Boria Sax.

About the book, from the publisher:

An exquisitely illustrated journey through the complex and crucial relationship between humans and birds.

Avian Illuminations
examines the many roles birds have played in human society, from food, messengers, deities, and pets, to omens, muses, timekeepers, custodians, hunting companions, decorative motifs, and, most importantly, embodiments of our aspirations. Boria Sax narrates the history of our relationships with a host of bird species, including crows, owls, parrots, falcons, eagles, nightingales, hummingbirds, and many more. Along the way, Sax describes how birds’ nesting has symbolized human romance, how their flight has inspired inventors throughout history, and he concludes by showing that the interconnections between birds and humans are so manifold that a world without birds would effectively mean an end to human culture itself. Beautifully illustrated, Avian Illuminations is a superb overview of humanity’s long and rich association with our avian companions.
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--Marshal Zeringue