Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss

A milestone in the study of culture from the father of structural anthropology. This watershed work records Claude Lévi-Strauss's search for "a human society reduced to its most basic expression." From the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil, Lévi-Strauss found the societies he was seeking among the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib. More than merely recounting his time in their midst, Tristes Tropiques places the cultural practices of these peoples in a global context and extrapolates a fascinating theory of culture that has given the book an importance far beyond the fields of anthropology and continental philosophy. The author's fresh approach, sense of humor, and openness to the sensuous mystique of the tropics make the scientific thrust of the book eminently accessible.

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The 157th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 20th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  2. - 99th on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  3. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)

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