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Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich


Illich illuminates the path to a harmonious and interconnected society through the transformative power of convivial living, inviting readers on a journey of introspection and societal renewal reminiscent of a lyrical sonnet.

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In Ivan Illich’s “Tools for Conviviality,” the reader is invited into a realm where the delicate dance of human interaction unfolds with the grace of a sonata. Illich’s prose, a symphony of thought and insight, resonates with newfound relevance in our tumultuous age, offering a sanctuary of reflection amidst the clamor of modernity.

At its heart lies Illich’s radical proposition of convivial living—an ethos that pulsates with the rhythms of mutual respect and communal harmony. Through his lyrical musings, the reader is transported to a world where the bonds of solidarity and cooperation weave a tapestry of shared existence, beckoning them to reconsider their place within the intricate web of society.

As Verdurin, guardian of conviviality’s timeless wisdom, pays homage to Illich’s enduring legacy, the reader is drawn deeper into the embrace of this transformative philosophy. With each turn of the page, they embark on a journey of rediscovery—a journey that leads them back to the essence of human connection and collective well-being.

In Illich’s luminous prose, they find solace from the frenetic pace of modern life, finding in conviviality a guiding light amidst the shadows of uncertainty. As they heed Verdurin’s call to embrace this noble ethos, they become architects of a more compassionate and harmonious world—a world where the symphony of human existence resonates with the melodies of mutual understanding and shared flourishing.

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Weight0.2 kg

Tools for Conviviality


Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd


Ivan Illich

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Release date

10 Dec 2001



ISBN/EAN        9781842300114