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Calasso, Roberto

Overview
Works: 170 works in 582 publications in 8 languages and 8,412 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Recipient, Creator, Translator
Classifications: PQ4863.A3818, 853.914
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Publications about Roberto Calasso
Publications by Roberto Calasso
Most widely held works about Roberto Calasso
 
Most widely held works by Roberto Calasso
The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso( Book )
23 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,242 libraries worldwide
Story of Cadmus and Harmony, whose marriage feast was the last time the Gods sat down with mortal men
Ka by Roberto Calasso( Book )
27 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 844 libraries worldwide
An anthology of Indian myths in which gods and humans take part in fantastic events, from which morals are drawn. In one story, a king's wife copulates with a dead horse, another tells who created Death. By an Italian writer, author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
K. by Roberto Calasso( Book )
3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 799 libraries worldwide
Presents an original interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka in a series of essays that looks at the meaning of Kafka's stories and what they reveal about the enigmatic author himself
Literature and the gods by Roberto Calasso( Book )
15 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 772 libraries worldwide
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. From the Trade Paperback edition
Tiepolo pink by Roberto Calasso( Book )
16 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 563 libraries worldwide
"The eighteenth-century Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo spent his life executing commissions in churches, palaces, and villas, often covering vast ceilings like those at the Würzburg Residenz in Germany and the Royal Palace in Madrid with frescoes that are among the glories of Western art. The life of an epoch swirled around him--but though his contemporaries appreciated and admired him, they failed to understand him. Few have even attempted to tackle Tiepolo's series of thirty-three bizarre and haunting etchings, the Capricci and the Scherzi, but Roberto Calasso rises to the challenge, interpreting them as chapters in a dark narrative that contains the secret of Tiepolo's art. Blooming ephebes, female Satyrs, Oriental sages, owls, snakes: we will find them all, as well as Punchinello and Death, within the pages of this book, along with Venus, Time, Moses, numerous angels, Cleopatra, and Beatrice of Burgundy--a motley company always on the go. Calasso makes clear that Tiepolo was more than a dazzling intermezzo in the history of painting. Rather, he represented a particular way of meeting the challenge of form: endowed with a fluid, seemingly effortless style, Tiepolo was the last incarnation of that peculiar Italian virtue sprezzatura, the art of not seeming artful."--From publisher description
The ruin of Kasch by Roberto Calasso( Book )
10 editions published between 1989 and 1995 in English and held by 526 libraries worldwide
Taking as its focus the periods immediately before and after the French Revolution but making occasional detours backward and forward in time, this novel recounts and interprets the downfall of "the Modern."
La folie Baudelaire by Roberto Calasso( Book )
2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
Looks at the life, influence, and work of the French writer and founder of modernism
The forty-nine steps by Roberto Calasso( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 326 libraries worldwide
""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."--BOOK JACKET
Le nozze di Cadmo e Armonia by Roberto Calasso( Book )
40 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Italian and French and held by 255 libraries worldwide
The Zürau aphorisms of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 163 libraries worldwide
"The essential philosophical writings of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers are now gathered into a single volume with an introduction and afterword by the celebrated writer and Kafka scholar Roberto Calasso." "Illness set him free to write a series of philosophical fragments: some narratives, some single images, some parables. These "aphorisms" appeared, sometimes with a few words changed, in other writings - some of them as posthumous fragments published only after Kafka's death in 1924. While working on K., his major book on Kafka, in the Bodleian Library, Roberto Calasso realized that the Zurau aphorisms, each written on a separate slip of very thin paper, numbered but unbound, represented something unique in Kafka's opus - a work whose form he had created simultaneously with its content." "The notebooks, freshly translated and laid out as Kafka had intended, are a distillation of Kafka at his most powerful and enigmatic. This lost jewel provides the reader with a fresh perspective on the collective work of a genius."--BOOK JACKET
La rovina di Kasch by Roberto Calasso( Book )
16 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 153 libraries worldwide
La letteratura e gli dèi by Roberto Calasso( Book )
7 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in Italian and Portuguese and held by 108 libraries worldwide
Ka : stories of the mind and gods of India by Roberto Calasso( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 98 libraries worldwide
In a collection of epic cyclical stories woven together, the author explores the myths and legends of India, chonicling the exotic worlds of the Devas, Siva, Brahma, Vishnu, the Mahabharata, and the Buddha
La folie Baudelaire by Roberto Calasso( Book )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in Italian and Spanish and held by 91 libraries worldwide
K. by Roberto Calasso( Book )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
Scritti by Roberto Bazlen( Book )
12 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 82 libraries worldwide
La littérature et les dieux by Roberto Calasso( Book )
5 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in French and held by 81 libraries worldwide
K. by Roberto Calasso( Book )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in Italian and held by 77 libraries worldwide
I quarantanove gradini by Roberto Calasso( Book )
6 editions published in 1991 in Italian and held by 67 libraries worldwide
Die Hochzeit von Kadmos und Harmonia by Roberto Calasso( Book )
7 editions published between 1990 and 2001 in German and held by 54 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Calasso, Roberto
Languages
Italian (119)
English (83)
German (12)
French (6)
Spanish (4)
Portuguese (2)
Tamil (2)
Dutch (2)
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