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Calasso, Roberto

Works: 118 works in 658 publications in 16 languages and 9,332 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Biography  Case studies  Notebooks  Reviews  Records and correspondence  Controversial literature  Drama 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Translator, Recipient, Creator
Classifications: PQ4863.A3818, 853.914
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Publications about Roberto Calasso
Publications by Roberto Calasso
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Most widely held works by Roberto Calasso
The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso( Book )
47 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,225 libraries worldwide
Story of Cadmus and Harmony, whose marriage feast was the last time the Gods sat down with mortal men
K. by Roberto Calasso( Book )
38 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 1,100 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 )
31 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,037 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
Ka by Roberto Calasso( Book )
52 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 1,032 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
The ruin of Kasch by Roberto Calasso( Book )
46 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 730 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 )
41 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 662 libraries worldwide
Looks at the life, influence, and work of the French writer and founder of modernism
Tiepolo pink by Roberto Calasso( Book )
24 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 646 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."
The forty-nine steps by Roberto Calasso( Book )
23 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 486 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."--Jacket
Ardor by Roberto Calasso( Book )
20 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 473 libraries worldwide
"A meditation on the ancient wisdom of the Vedas, in which Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world"--
The art of the publisher by Roberto Calasso( Book )
3 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Spanish and held by 268 libraries worldwide
"An interior look at Roberto Calasso's work as a publisher and his reflections on the art of book publishing In this fascinating memoir, the author and publisher Roberto Calasso meditates on the art of book publishing. Recalling the beginnings of Adelphi in the 1960s, he touches on the Italian house's defining qualities, including the considerations involved in designing the successful Biblioteca series and the strategy for publishing a wide range of authors of high literary quality, as well as the historic critical edition of the works of Nietzsche. 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, a form in which "all the books published by a certain publisher could be seen as links in a single chain"--a conception akin to that of other twentieth-century publishers, from Giulio Einaudi to Roger Straus, of whom the book offers brief portraits. An essential book for writers, readers, and editors, The Art of the Publisher is a tribute to the elusive yet profoundly relevant art of making books"--
The Zürau aphorisms of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 198 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."--Jacket
Le Fou impur by Roberto Calasso( Book )
26 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 131 libraries worldwide
Scritti by Roberto Bazlen( Book )
17 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 93 libraries worldwide
La follia che viene dalle Ninfe by Roberto Calasso( Book )
12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 80 libraries worldwide
Ecce homo : how one becomes what one is by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )
22 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in Italian and French and held by 79 libraries worldwide
Nell'autunno del 1888, nelle febbrili settimane che precedettero l'<<euforia di Torino>> e il successivo, definitivo silenzio, vennero scritte queste pagine che rimangono una delle vette stilistiche di Nietzsche e insieme un tentativo senza precedenti (e senza conseguenti) di capire se stessi non già sciogliendo gli enigmi, ma moltiplicandoli. Non è solo una vita, ma un'opera e una forma, in una parola: la singolarità di Nietzsche che qui viene illuminata in una sorta di messa in scena totale, dove i due poli di Nietzsche - l'uomo dionisiaco e il commediante - in un attimo abbagliante vengono a coincidere per rivelarci <<come si diventa ciò che si è>>
Detti e contraddetti by Karl Kraus( Book )
21 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 58 libraries worldwide
Cento lettere a uno sconosciuto by Roberto Calasso( Book )
10 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in Italian and Spanish and held by 57 libraries worldwide
Collection of 100 dust- jacket summaries selected from more than 1,000 written by the author for titles published by Adelphi since 1963
Gli ultimi giorni dell'umanità : tragedia in cinque atti con preludio ed epilogo by Karl Kraus( Book )
4 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in Italian and held by 44 libraries worldwide
Sentieri tortuosi : Bruce Chatwin fotografo by Bruce Chatwin( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in Italian and held by 43 libraries worldwide
L'unico e la sua proprietà by Max Stirner( Book )
10 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in Italian and held by 37 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Calasso, Roberto
Roberto Calasso écrivain italien
Roberto Calasso Italiaans schrijver
Roberto Calasso Italian writer
Roberto Calasso italienischer Schriftsteller und Verleger
Roberto Calasso italiensk författare
Roberto Calasso italiensk skribent
Robertus Calasso
Калассо, Роберто
קאלאסו, רוברטו
カラッソ, ロベルト
Italian (226)
English (99)
French (46)
Spanish (41)
German (22)
Dutch (13)
Polish (6)
Tamil (2)
Hindi (2)
Slovenian (1)
Japanese (1)
Serbian (1)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (1)
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