Naming of Dogs
- The View from Afar by Claude Lévi-Strauss, translated by Joachim Neugroschel and Phoebe Hoss
Blackwell, 311 pp, £19.50, June 1985, ISBN 0 631 13966 4
In their French editions the titles and covers of Lévi-Strauss’s books are often designed to tease as well as to inform. They deserve attention. Tristes Tropiques is about tropes as well as tropics; Mythologiques is about odd kinds of logic as well as mythology; La Pensée Sauvage carried on its cover a picture of a wild pansy which should have warned the English publisher that The Savage Mind was hardly an adequate translation even if the author chose the latter title himself.