Literature and the Gods by Roberto Calasso
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Literature and the Gods
By Roberto Calasso

Literature and the Gods

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Literature and the Gods by Roberto Calasso

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Brilliant, inspired, and gloriously erudite, Literature and the Gods is the culmination of Roberto Calasso s lifelong study of the gods in the human imagination. By uncovering the divine whisper that lies behind the best poetry and prose from across the centuries, Calasso gives us a renewed sense of the mystery and enchantment of great literature. From the banishment of the classical divinities during the Age of Reason to their emancipation by the Romantics and their place in the literature of our own time, the history of the gods can also be read as a ciphered and splendid history of literary inspiration. Rewriting that story, Calasso carves out a sacred space for literature where the presence of the gods is discernible. His inquiry into the nature of absolute literature transports us to the realms of Dionysus and Orpheus, Baudelaire and Mallarme, and prompts a lucid and impassioned defense of poetic form, even when apparently severed from any social function. Lyrical and assured, Literature and the Gods" "is an intensely engaging work of literary affirmation that deserves to be read alongside the masterpieces it celebrates."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375725432
ISBN-10: 0375725431
Format: Paperback / softback
(204mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: India

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