independent academic press, peer-reviewed

Universitas Press Bookstore

Browse our titles. Click on the images to find out detailed information aobut each book.


160 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Paperback Release Date:08 Dec 2015 ISBN:9780993995156
In stock
Product Details
Dragos Moraru

A (late) postmodernist phenomenon, histopias are fictional retellings of the history of the world. They often use utopian/dystopian scenarios, which are necessary as “world-historical effect”: the end and/or rebirth of the world offer the possibility of narrating the fate of all mankind. Whether novelists or playwrights, histopian authors use a structural pattern that mirrors the way in which the world tells itself: both continuous and discontinuous, in turn linear, cyclical, or radial.

The foremost examples of histopias analysed here are Julian Barnes’s A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters and David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas, although the discussion of this fictional subgenre includes authors such as Bernard Shaw, Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Carlos Fuentes, Roberto Calasso, William T. Vollmann. History, in the view of many histopian authors, is not unlike Borges’s “Library of Babel,” that is, “limitless and periodic,” consisting of a single volume with an infinite number of pages, each of which is divided “into other analogous leaves. The inconceivable central leaf would have no reverse.” Both A History of the World, organized around its central section, and Cloud Atlas, all whose sections are divided into analogous ones, but whose central section has no reverse, feign infinity and eternal recurrence in an effort to contain all of History.

Save this product for later

About Us

Universitas Press in an independent academic press that publishes Books that make sense of the world

UP is an indepedent publisher, peer-reviewed, and employee-owned,  established in 2014 in Montreal, Canada. 



The majority of our titles are available as eBooks through Google Play,  as PDFs via UBC Press, or through campus bookstore platforms. For personal use, we  recommend Google Play, which allows one to sample the content and format of any of our eBooks using the Google Play app. Our titles on Google Play include  both the original page layout (equivalent to a PDF) and flowing text layout (equivalent to an EPUB). 

Copyright © 2022 Universitas Press