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BOOK REVIEW / War games with Sitting Bull: Misreadings - Umberto Eco Tr. William Weaver: Cape, pounds 9.99

WHAT MUST it have been like to be the first man to make a chisel from a flint? Perhaps it was not such a leap into the unknown as being the first person to discover the edible bits in an artichoke, or to test-drive a parachute, but it was probably a great moment all the same. Umberto Eco pondered the subject in 1961 and produced a short story called The Thing. Ka the caveman is the imagined inventor. He shows his weapon to the General, who immediately plans its mass production, realising its potential for defeating a rival tribe. At this, Ka panics, seeing his chisel as having in it the seeds of the destruction of mankind. His scruples are dismissed as the ravings of a bleeding heart liberal; he is killed by his own invention and mechanical warfare is born.

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