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The Ruin Of Kasch

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374712832
Size: 27.26 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 432
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A brilliant new translation of a classic work on violence and revolution as seen through mythology and art The Ruin of Kasch takes up two subjects—“the first is Talleyrand, and the second is everything else,” wrote Italo Calvino when the book first appeared in 1983. Hailed as one of those rare books that persuade us to see our entire civilization in a new light, its guide is the French statesman Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, who knew the secrets of the ancien régime and all that came after, and was able to adapt the notion of “legitimacy” to the modern age. Roberto Calasso follows him through a vast gallery of scenes set immediately before and after the French Revolution, making occasional forays backward and forward in time, from Vedic India to the porticoes of the Palais-Royal and to the killing fields of Pol Pot, with appearances by Goethe and Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and Marx, Walter Benjamin and Chateaubriand. At the center stands the story of the ruin of Kasch, a legendary kingdom based on the ritual killing of the king and emblematic of the ruin of ancient and modern regimes. Offered here in a new translation by Richard Dixon, The Ruin of Kasch is, as John Banville wrote, “a great fat jewel-box of a book, gleaming with obscure treasures.”

Das Unnennbare Heute

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518761102
Size: 14.53 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : de
Pages : 222
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Roberto Calassos Essay ist in drei Kapitel gegliedert. Das dritte, zwei Seiten lang, beschreibt einen Traum Baudelaires als Präfiguration der zusammenstürzenden Zwillingstürme (9/11). Das zweite, »Die Wiener Gasgesellschaft«, durchläuft die Jahre 1933 bis 1945. Es präsentiert Zitate deutscher und ausländischer Autoren, die damals ihre Eindrücke von Nazi-Deutschland festgehalten haben (Louis-Ferdinand Céline, André Gide, Simone Weil, Klaus Mann, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Ernst Jünger, Arthur Koestler, Curzio Malaparte, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett u. a.). Erläuternd führt der Autor durch ein Panoptikum, in dem Naivität immer mehr dem Entsetzen weicht. Es sind Blicke auf Deutschland außerhalb der Leitlinien deutscher Erinnerungskultur, Blicke der unmittelbaren Erfahrung. »Touristen und Terroristen«, das theoretisch grundlegende erste Kapitel, nimmt gesellschaftskritische Motive aus Calassos letztem Buch Die Glut auf und spitzt sie zu. Gesellschaft überhaupt ist ein Gegner von metaphysischem Rang, nur metaphysische Waffen sind gegen ihn tauglich. Deren Arsenale jedoch hat die säkularisierte Gesellschaft geplündert. Sorge, in der Immanenz zu ersticken, prägt Das unnennbare Heute. Alles, was über die Gesellschaft hinaus auf ein Anderes, Jenseitiges wies, hat sie sich in pervertierter Form dienstbar gemacht: Ritus, Theologie, Metaphysik, selbst das Denken und die Sprache. Als ein Symptom dieser Situation, des »unnennbaren Heute« also, interpretiert Calasso den Terrorismus - den heutigen, insbesondere islamistischen, und den von früher. »Nichts ist wahr, alles ist erlaubt.«

The Art Of The Publisher

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014197849X
Size: 72.68 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Collections
Languages : en
Pages : 160
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'All the books published by a certain publisher could be seen as links in a single chain' In this fascinating memoir and manifesto the author and publisher Roberto Calasso meditates on the art of book publishing. With his signature erudition and polemical flair, Calasso transcends Adelphi to look at the publishing industry as a whole, from the essential importance of graphics, jackets and cover flaps to the consequences of universal digitization. And he outlines what he describes as the 'most hazardous and ambitious' profile of what a publishing house can be: a book comprising many books, akin to that of other twentieth-century publishers, from Giulio Einaudi to Roger Straus, of whom the book offers brief portraits.

Die Glut

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher:
ISBN: 9783446249189
Size: 18.30 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 608
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Die Reise Unserer Gene

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Author: Johannes Krause
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 3843720320
Size: 55.14 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : de
Pages : 272
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Woher kommen wir? Wer sind wir? Was unterscheidet uns von anderen? Diese Fragen stellen sich heute drängender denn je. Johannes Krause und Thomas Trappe spannen den Bogen zurück bis in die Urgeschichte und erzählen, wie wir zu den Europäern wurden, die wir sind. Migration und Wanderungsbewegungen sind keine Phänomene der Neuzeit: Seit der Mensch den aufrechten Gang beherrschte, trieb es ihn aus seiner Heimat Afrika in die ganze Welt, auch nach Europa. Bis vor Kurzem lag diese Urgeschichte noch im Dunkeln, doch mit den neuen Methoden der Genetik hat sich das grundlegend geändert. Johannes Krause, einer der führenden Experten auf dem Gebiet, erzählt gemeinsam mit Thomas Trappe, was uns die Gene über unsere Herkunft verraten: Gibt es "Urvölker"? Wann verloren die frühen Europäer ihre dunkle Haut? Welche Rolle spielte die Balkanroute in den vergangenen 40 000 Jahren? Eine große Erzählung, die zeigt: Ohne die Einwanderer, die über Jahrtausende aus allen Richtungen nach Europa kamen und immer wieder Innovationen mitbrachten, wäre unser Kontinent gar nicht denkbar.

Ka

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Author: Roberto Calasso
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ISBN: 9783458348702
Size: 24.35 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 567
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Die Hochzeit Von Kadmos Und Harmonia

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Author: Roberto Calasso
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ISBN: 9783442727766
Size: 46.29 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 443
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The Book Of All Books

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141992875
Size: 37.85 MB
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Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 432
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A splendid reimagining of key stories from the Bible, by the author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony. A man named Saul is sent to search for some lost donkeys and on the way is named king of his people. The queen of a remote African realm travels for three years with her multitudinous retinue to meet the king of Jerusalem and pose him a few riddles. A man named Abraham hears a divine voice speaking words that reverberate throughout the Bible: 'Go away from your land, from your kindred and from the house of your father toward the land that I will show you'. In The Book of All Books, Roberto Calasso weaves together stories of promise and separation from one of the founding texts of Western civilisation. These tales of grace and guilt, of the chosen and the damned, cast many Biblical figures and indeed the whole book in a light as astonishing as it is disquieting. The Book of All Books is part of a larger work which began with The Ruin of Kasch (1983) and includes The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Ka, and The Celestial Hunter.

The Celestial Hunter

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374716706
Size: 58.70 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 464
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The eighth part of Roberto Calasso’s monumental series on the primal forces of civilization The eighth part of Roberto Calasso’s singular work in progress that began in 1983 with The Ruin of Kasch, The Celestial Hunter is an inspired and provocative exploration of mankind’s relationship with myth, the divine, and the idea of transformation. There was a time, even before prehistory, when man was simply a defenseless animal. The gods he worshiped took the form of other beasts or were the patterns of the stars he saw above him each night in the sky, which he transformed into figures and around which he created stories. Soon, however, man learned to imitate the animals that attacked him and he became a hunter. This transformation, Calasso posits, from defenseless victim to hunter was a key moment, the first step on man’s ascendance to power. Suddenly the notion of the hunter became fundamental. It would be developed over thousands of years through the figures that became central to Greek mythology, including the constellations. Among them was Orion, the celestial hunter, and his dog, Sirius. Vivid and strikingly original, and expertly translated from the Italian by Richard Dixon, The Celestial Hunter traces how man created the divine myths that would become the cornerstones of Western civilization. As Calasso demonstrates, the repercussions of these ideas would echo through history, from Paleolithic to modern times. And they would be the product of one thing: the human mind.

The Marriage Of Cadmus And Harmony

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141990759
Size: 71.59 MB
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Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 416
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'It will be read and re-read not as a treatise but as a story: one of the most extraordinary that has ever been written of the origins of Western self-consciousness' Simon Schama The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony was the last time the gods of Olympus feasted alongside mortals. What happened in the distant ages preceding it, and in the generations that followed, form the timeless tales of ancient Greek mythology. In this masterful retelling of the myths we think we know, Roberto Calasso illuminates the deepest questions of our existence. 'The kind of book one comes across only once or twice in one's lifetime' Joseph Brodsky 'A perfect work like no other' Gore Vidal

K

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307534138
Size: 50.17 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 336
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From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony comes one of the most significant books in recent years on a writer of perennial interest–a virtuoso interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka. What are Kafka’s fictions about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Countless answers have been offered, but the essential mystery remains intact. Setting out on his own exploration, Roberto Calasso enters the flow, the tortuous movement, the physiology of Kafka’s work to discover why K. and Josef K.–the protagonists of The Castle and The Trial–are so radically different from any other character in the history of the novel, and to determine who, in the end, is K. The culmination of Calasso’s lifelong fascination with Kafka’s work, K. is also an unprecedented consideration of the mystery of Kafka himself.

The Unnamable Present

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Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374719101
Size: 79.64 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 208
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A decisive key to help grasp some of the essential points of what is happening around us. The ninth part of Roberto Calasso’s work in progress, The Unnamable Present, is closely connected with themes of the first book, The Ruin of Kasch (originally published in 1983, and recently reissued by FSG in a new translation). But while Kasch is an enlightened exploration of modernity, The Unnamable Present propels us into the twenty first century. Tourists, terrorists, secularists, fundamentalists, hackers, transhumanists, algorithmicians: these are all tribes that inhabit the unnamable present and act on its nervous system. This is a world that seems to have no living past, but was foreshadowed in the period between 1933 and 1945, when everything appeared bent on self-annihilation. The Unnamable Present is a meditation on the obscure and ubiquitous process of transformation happening today in all societies, which makes so many previous names either inadequate or misleading or a parody of what they used to mean. Translated with sensitivity by Calasso’s longtime translator, Richard Dixon, The Unnamable Present is a strikingly original and provocative vision of our times, from the writer The Paris Review called “a literary institution of one.”

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