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The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong
Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery
Guido Mina di Sospiro
ISBN: 9780835609425
Book (Paperback)
Quest Books
$16.95
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
240 pages
September 1, 2015


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“A fast-footed, inspiring book about winning the inner game of life in sport.” --Iain Finlayson, The Times

“Like nothing I’ve ever read and all the more wonderful because of it, this is a non-fiction masterpiece which deserves a position on the sports writing podium.” --Ben Keenan, Press Association Syndication

“Erudite, experimental and engaging, Mina di Sospiro has given us a work that breaks new ground. Whether or not you ever pick up a paddle, The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong provides an initiation into a visionary life, igniting the fires of inspiration through an intriguing intimacy with the mysteries of daily life that is available nowhere else.” --David Metcalfe, The Daily Grail

When a mortifying defeat to his teenage son rekindles his lifelong passion for table tennis, keen philosopher Guido Mina di Sospiro sets out to learn the game properly.

Guido’s love for spinning a feather-weight ball takes him from his local Ping-Pong club, populated by idiosyncratic players with extraordinary stories to tell, to training drills with a world-class coach. This seemingly harmless game also leads him into sticky situations in the CIA headquarters and the ganglands of Washington, DC. Woven throughout his Ping-Pong epiphany are philosophical ruminations on Plato and Aristotle, metaphysicians and empiricists, Jung’s dark shadow, Sun Tzu’s war tactics, the I Ching, and much more.

As Guido’s journey takes him from Big Sur to a nail-biting showdown in China against a string of elite players, he finds Ping-Pong can teach us a surprising amount about life.

Guido Mina di Sospiro is an award-winning, internationally published author. He has written three books that have been published around the world and maintains a blog on the New York-based web-magazine Reality Sandwich and on the alternative views website Disinformation. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and their three sons and travels often to Europe and elsewhere to promote his books.
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