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The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (Paperback): Roberto Calasso The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso 1
R260 R179 Discovery Miles 1 790 Save R81 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'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

The Unnamable Present (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso The Unnamable Present (Hardcover)
Roberto Calasso 1
R395 R269 Discovery Miles 2 690 Save R126 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Tourists, terrorists, secularists, hackers, fundamentalists, transhumanists, algorithmicians: in this book Roberto Calasso considers the tribes that inhabit and inform the world today. A world that feels more elusive than ever before. Yet once contrasted with the period between 1933 and 1945, when the world made a partially successful attempt at self-annihilation, the new millennium begins to take on an unprecedented form. What emerges is something illusory, ever-shifting and occasionally murderous: the unnamable present. This book, the ninth part of a work in progress, is a meditation on the obscure and ubiquitous process of transformation happening in societies today, where distant echoes of Auden's The Age of Anxiety give way to something altogether more unsettling.

The Ruin of Kasch (Paperback): Roberto Calasso The Ruin of Kasch (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Richard Dixon
R259 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R81 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A sparkling new translation of the 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 regime 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 centre 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. 'Startling, puzzling, profound . . . a work charged with intelligence and literary seduction' The New York Times 'Unique, idiosyncratic and vaultingly ambitious... essential reading' Independent 'A great fat jewel-box of a book, gleaming with obscure treasures' John Banville

La Folie Baudelaire (Paperback): Roberto Calasso La Folie Baudelaire (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R302 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R96 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Roberto Calasso is one of the most original and acclaimed of writers on literature, art, culture and mythology. In Baudelaire's Folly, Calasso turns his attention to the poets and writers of Paris in the nineteenth century who created what was later called 'the Modern.' His protagonist is Charles Baudelaire: poet of nerves, art lover, pioneering critic, man about Paris, whose groundbreaking works on modern culture described the ephemeral, fleeting nature of life in the metropolis - and the artist's role in capturing this - as no other writer had done. With Baudelaire's critical intelligence as his inspiration, Calasso 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. In a mosaic of stories, insights, dreams, close readings of poems and commentaries on paintings, Paris in Baudelaire's years comes to life. In the eighteenth century, a 'folie' was a garden pavilion set aside for people of leisure, a place of delight and fantasy. Here Calasso has created a brilliant and dramatic 'Folie Baudelaire': a place where the reader can encounter Baudelaire, his peers, his city, his extraordinary likes and dislikes, and his world, finally discovering that it is nothing less than the land of 'absolute literature'. Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi. He is the author of Tiepolo Pink, The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, winner of the Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Literature and the Gods, Ka and K.

Ardor (Paperback): Roberto Calasso Ardor (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R303 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R95 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom the Paris Review has called 'a literary institution', explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people who lived more than three thousand years ago in northern India: they left behind almost no objects, images, ruins. Only a 'Parthenon of words' remains: verses and formulations suggesting a daring understanding of life. 'If the Vedic people had been asked why they did not build cities,' writes Calasso, 'they could have replied: we did not seek power, but rapture.' This is the ardor of the Vedic world, a burning intensity that is always present, both in the mind and in the cosmos. With his signature erudition and profound sense of the past, Calasso explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that define the Vedas. Often at odds with modern thought, he shows how these texts illuminate the nature of consciousness more than neuroscientists have been able to offer us up to now.

The Art of the Publisher (Paperback): Roberto Calasso The Art of the Publisher (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso 1
R139 R94 Discovery Miles 940 Save R45 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'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.

The Story of Garuda (Paperback): Roberto Calasso The Story of Garuda (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
K. (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed): Roberto Calasso K. (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Geoffrey Brock
R326 R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Save R24 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From the internationally acclaimed author of "The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and "Ka: an utterly original, fascinating interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka that is simultaneously an unprecedented exploration into the mystery of Kafka himself.
What are Kafka's stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day? But where and when? Countless answers have been offered, but the question still arouses feelings of acute uncertainty. Many solutions have been proposed, but the essential mystery remains intact. In this remarkable book, Roberto Calasso sets out not to dispel the mystery but to let it be illuminated by its own light. To that end, with his unique vision, imagination, and intellectual acumen, Calasso attempts to enter the flow, the tortuous movement, the physiology of the stories to discover what they are meant to signify and to delve into a puzzling question: why are K. and Josef K.-the protagonists of "The Castle and "The Trial-so radically different from any other characters in the history of the novel? So, in the end, "the most basic question along the way is: Who is K.?
The culmination of the author's lifelong fascination with Kafka, "K. is a book of significant literary importance, the fourth part in a work in progress of which the previous volumes are "The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, and "Ka.

"From the Hardcover edition.

The Unnamable Present (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso The Unnamable Present (Hardcover)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Richard Dixon
R491 R386 Discovery Miles 3 860 Save R105 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Ka - Stories of the Mind and Gods of India (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed): Roberto Calasso Ka - Stories of the Mind and Gods of India (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed)
Roberto Calasso
R336 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R60 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"A giddy invasion of stories--brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful." --The New York Times Book Review

"So brilliant that you can't look at it anymore--and you can't look at anything else. . . . No one will read it without reward."
--The Boston Globe

With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India. He begins with a mystery: Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of India's sacred texts, known by a secret name--"Ka," or Who?
    What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. We learn why Siva must carry his father's skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king's wife must copulate with a dead horse. A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible.

"Passage[s] of such ecstatic insight and cross-cultural synthesis--simply, of such beauty."  --The New York Review of Books

"All is spectacle and delight, and tiny mirrors reflecting human foibles are set into the weave,turning this retelling into the stuff of literature." --The New Yorker

The Ruin of Kasch (Paperback): Roberto Calasso The Ruin of Kasch (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Richard Dixon
R388 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R33 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
La Ruina de Kasch (English, Spanish, Paperback): Roberto Calasso La Ruina de Kasch (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Ka (English, Spanish, Paperback): Roberto Calasso Ka (English, Spanish, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R461 R435 Discovery Miles 4 350 Save R26 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Art of the Publisher (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso The Art of the Publisher (Hardcover)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Richard Dixon
R427 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R40 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
La Actualidad Innombrable (Spanish, Paperback): Roberto Calasso La Actualidad Innombrable (Spanish, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R398 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R23 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
K. (Spanish, Paperback): Roberto Calasso K. (Spanish, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso; Contributions by Edgardo Dobry
R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
El Ardor (Spanish, Paperback): Roberto Calasso El Ardor (Spanish, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R629 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R46 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
K (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso K (Hardcover)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Geoffrey Brock
R405 R314 Discovery Miles 3 140 Save R91 (22%) Out of stock

From the internationally acclaimed author of Cadmus and Harmony and Ka: an utterly original, fascinating interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka that is simultaneously an unprecedented exploration into the mystery of Kafka himself. What are Kafka's stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen everyday? But where and when? Countless answers have been offered, but the question still arouses feelings of acute uncertainty. Many solutions have been proposed, but the essential mystery remains intact. In this remarkable book, Roberto Calasso sets out not to dispel the mystery but to let it be illuminated by its own light. To that end, with his unique vision, imagination, and intellectual acumen, Calasso attempts to enter the flow, the tortuous movement, the physiology of the stories to discover what they are meant to signify and to delve into the most basic question along the way: Who is K.? The culmination of the author's lifelong fascination with Kafka, K. is a book of significant literary importance, the fourth part in a work in progress of which the previous volumes are The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, and Ka.

KA (French, Paperback): Roberto Calasso KA (French, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R499 R394 Discovery Miles 3 940 Save R105 (21%) Out of stock
Miroslaw Balka: Crossover/S (Hardcover): Miroslaw Balka Miroslaw Balka: Crossover/S (Hardcover)
Miroslaw Balka; Edited by Vincente Todoli; Text written by Simone Menegoi, Anda Rottenberg, Roberto Calasso
R901 R846 Discovery Miles 8 460 Save R55 (6%) Out of stock
La Folie Baudelaire (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso La Folie Baudelaire (Hardcover)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Alastair McEwen
R689 R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Save R75 (11%) Out of stock

Seen together, Roberto Calasso's books--beginning with "The Ruin of Kasch"--constitute an original and perceptive reconsideration of the great arc of literature, art, and mythology. In this lavishly illustrated book, Calasso turns his attention to the poets and writers of Paris in the nineteenth century who created what was later called "the Modern." His protagonist is Charles Baudelaire: poet of "nerves," art lover, pioneering critic, man about Paris. Calasso ranges through Baudelaire's life and work, focusing on two painters--Ingres and Delacroix--about whom Baudelaire wrote acutely, and then turning to Degas and Manet, who followed in the tracks Baudelaire laid down in his great essay "The Painter of Modern Life." In a mosaic of stories, insights, close readings of poems, and commentaries on paintings, Baudelaire's Paris comes to life.In the eighteenth century, a "folie "was a garden pavilion set aside for people of leisure, a place of delight and fantasy. Following Baudelaire, Calasso has created a brilliant and dramatic "Folie Baudelaire"--a place where the reader can encounter the poet himself, his peers, his city, and his extraordinary likes and dislikes, finally discovering that that place is situated in the middle of the land of "absolute literature."

Forty-Nine Steps (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso Forty-Nine Steps (Hardcover)
Roberto Calasso
R814 Discovery Miles 8 140 Out of stock
Ka (Hardcover, Reissue): Roberto Calasso Ka (Hardcover, Reissue)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Tim Parks
R365 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R79 (22%) Out of stock

It is the essence of Roberto Calasso's particular genius to have evolved a unique way of reconstructing the imaginative heart of some of the world's greatest cutlures. In the Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony it was the 'Greekness' of classical culture; in Ka he gives us the 'Indianness' of the mind of India, but in an Indian way. He does not describe or explain this mental world: he regenerates it through its stories and customs. Who is KA? And who is the immense eagle who asks this question, filling the sky, an elephant and a giant turtle in his claws? How can he be the child of woman? Who are these tiny folk he eats? The first impact of Ka is one of tremendous strangeness, bewilderment, disorientation. Slowly, however, the strange becomes familiar and - as Ka folds and enfolds the world of the Deva and the Seven Seers, of Siva, Brahma and Visnu, the wars of the Mahabharata, and finally the advent of the Buddha - we are amazed at our own recognition. These stories lie so close to the grain of our own experience that they confirm, or for the first time articulate, our own deepest perceptions about our condition.

Ardor (Paperback): Roberto Calasso Ardor (Paperback)
Roberto Calasso; Translated by Richard Dixon
R497 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R46 (9%) Out of stock
Los Jeroglificos de Sir Thomas Browne (Spanish, Paperback): Roberto Calasso Los Jeroglificos de Sir Thomas Browne (Spanish, Paperback)
Roberto Calasso
R320 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R24 (7%) Out of stock
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