An Image of the Times: An Irreverent Companion to Ben Jonson's Four Humours and the Art of Diplomacy
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216pp. June 2015
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An Image of the Times: An Irreverent Companion to Ben Jonson's Four Humours and the Art of Diplomacy
Author: Jergensen, Nils-Johan;
Here is a witty and learned literary excursion into the world of humour and comic literature as revealed inter alia by the works of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Oliver Goldsmith and Henry Fielding – leading in the second half to some glorious insights and observations provided by author’s life experience in the world of diplomacy. It is a rich and fascinating mix of literary idiom, the theatre of the absurd and the comic element of the human condition.

Importantly, it does speak to the difficulties and dilemmas facing today’s diplomatic missions as much as it has ever done - the necessary dance between reality and pragmatism, how the art of diplomacy often hinges on the quality of humour brought to bear in any particular context. As such, this thought-provoking text by a retired Norwegian ambassador could be said to offer a clever bridge between history, literature and diplomacy, creating a fascinating link between his prime sources and the world of the diplomat.

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Author: Jergensen, Nils-Johan;
Ambassador Nils-Johan Jørgensen was educated at the universities of Oslo and Oxford (Norway Scholar at Wadham) and was Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). As a Norwegian career diplomat he served in Brussels, Copenhagen, Harare, Tokyo, Bonn and Dar es Salaam. He retired in 2001. He is the author of books and articles on European integration, international development, Southern Africa and Germany and Japan, including Culture and Power in Germany and Japan: The Spirit of Renewal, Global Oriental, 2006



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