Literature and the Gods
By (author) Roberto Calasso
Format: Paperback / softback
Literature and the Gods by Roberto Calasso
Book DescriptionBrilliant, 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 DetailsISBN: 9780375725432
(204mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: India
Books By Author Roberto Calasso
Ardor, Paperback (November 2015)
Focuses the ancient texts known as the Vedas. This volume explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that define the Vedas.
Art of the Publisher, Paperback (November 2015)
All the books published by a certain publisher could be seen as links in a single chain. In this book, the author meditates on the art of book publishing. It looks at the publishing industry as a whole, from the essential importance of graphics, jackets and cover flaps to the consequences of universal digitization.
Folie Baudelaire, Paperback (July 2014)
With Baudelaire's critical intelligence as his inspiration, the author ranges through his life and work, focusing on two painters - Ingres and Delacroix - about whom Baudelaire wrote acutely, and then turns to Degas and Manet, who followed in the tracks Baudelaire laid down in his great essay The Painter of Modern Life.
Tiepolo Pink, Hardback (February 2010)» View all books by Roberto Calasso
The 18th century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his life executing commissions in churches, palaces, and villas, often covering vast ceilings like those at the Wurzburg Residenz in Germany. This work states that Tiepolo was more than a dazzling intermezzo in the history of painting.
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