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|Genre/Form:||Criticism, interpretation, etc|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
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|ISBN:||0816630984 9780816630981 0816630992 9780816630998|
|Description:||xi, 290 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||I. Post-Histories --
II. Exegesis --
III. Public Secrets --
|Other Titles:||Quarantanove gradini.|
|Responsibility:||Roberto Calasso ; translated by John Shepley.|
""Forty-nine steps" refers to the Talmudic doctrine that there are forty-nine steps to meaning in every passage of the Torah. Employing this interpretive approach, Calasso offers a "secret history" of European literature and philosophy in the wake of Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud. Calasso analyzes how figures ranging from Gustav Flaubert, Gottfried Benn, Karl Kraus, Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht, and Theodor Adorno has contributed to, or been emblematic of, the current state of Western thought. This book's theme, writ large, is the power of fable - specifically, its persistence in art and literature despite its exclusion from orthodox philosophy."--Jacket.