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Calasso, Roberto

Works: 141 works in 871 publications in 19 languages and 10,386 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Fantasy fiction  Biography  Historical fiction  Case studies  War fiction  Reviews  Notebooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Recipient, Creator
Classifications: PQ4863.A3818, 853.914
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The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso( Book )

154 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 15 languages and held by 1,763 WorldCat member 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 )

44 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in 9 languages and held by 1,131 WorldCat member 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 )

34 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,068 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Literature and the Gods traces the return of pagan divinities to Western literature from their first reappearance at the beginning of the modern era to their place in the literature of our own time." "Calasso sets out to uncover the divine - godly or otherwise - in specific texts, and finds in it what he calls "absolute literature." With its roots in early Vedic verse, absolute literature reached the apex of its expression during the period beginning with the German Romantics in 1798 and ending with Mallarme's death in 1898. But Calasso also discovers the divine in the work of Valery, Auden, Yeats, Montale, Borges, and Nabokov, and he reveals how these writers, in their own very particular ways, were articulating the same unnameable thing. Finally, he delineates the timeless, ever-mysterious laws that surround the creative act itself."--Jacket
Ka by Roberto Calasso( Book )

58 editions published between 1996 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 1,055 WorldCat member 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 )

59 editions published between 1983 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 853 WorldCat member 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 )

44 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the life, influence, and work of the French writer and founder of modernism
Tiepolo pink by Roberto Calasso( Book )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member 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."--Publisher description
Ardor by Roberto Calasso( Book )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 548 WorldCat member 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 forty-nine steps by Roberto Calasso( Book )

31 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 510 WorldCat member 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
The Zürau aphorisms of Franz Kafka by Franz Kafka( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member 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 )

34 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cento lettere a uno sconosciuto by Roberto Calasso( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 101 WorldCat member 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
La follia che viene dalle Ninfe by Roberto Calasso( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scritti by Roberto Bazlen( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2008 in Italian and Undetermined and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ecce homo : how one becomes what one is by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche( Book )

23 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in Italian and French and held by 80 WorldCat member 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>>
Il cacciatore celeste by Roberto Calasso( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in Italian and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antonio Gnoli, la Repubblica"Come nelle 'Nozze di Cadmio e Armonia', attinge al mito, lo esplora, lo sfida narrativamente, ma non si ferma lì, apre piste ulteriori, che saldano le leggende a lampi di verità storica e di verità scientifica; tira così un filo lunghissimo che va da Platone e Aristotele ad Alan Turing"
Detti e contraddetti by Karl Kraus( Book )

22 editions published between 1972 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art of the publisher by Roberto Calasso( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En una época de aplanamiento de las categorías, de fácil acceso a una supuesta biblioteca universal digitalizada (en verdad, fragmentaria y caótica), el editor tiende a ser visto como un intermediario innecesario entre el escritor y el lector. Este breve volumen de Roberto Calasso viene a rebatir punto por punto ese y otros graves errores de los adalides de la inmediatez, la velocidad y el rendimiento monetario como categorías absolutas. Apoyado en su excepcional situación, en el cruce entre el gran editor -dirige desde hace muchos años un sello italiano tan prestigioso como Adelphi, una referencia internacional- y el escritor de enorme cultura y agudeza crítica -por mencionar sólo sus últimos trabajos, ha escrito libros ya clásicos sobre Kafka, Baudelaire, Tiepolo y sobre la mitología hindú (todos ellos publicados por Anagrama)-, Calasso adopta una posición lúcida y comprometida, argumentada y avalada por su propia trayectoria. Al glosar la figura de los grandes editores europeos y estadounidenses del siglo XX, Calasso muestra la importancia decisiva que sellos como Gallimard, Einaudi, Suhrkamp o Farrar, Straus & Giroux han tenido en la formación de un criterio y un público lector, en el ordenamiento y la separación del grano de la paja en lo que a literatura se refiere. Calasso argumenta su idea de la edición como género literario : un editor de la estirpe a la que él pertenece es un buscador de libros únicos , es alguien que escribe, con los libros que publica, el mejor libro de todos: su catálogo, que es a la vez su autobiografía. Por eso, frente a la idea de quienes quieren manejar la edición como una industria cualquiera, este libro muestra, a la vez con finura y contundencia, la importancia del editor que defiende y cultiva su marca. Sin la cual todo se achata en una única categoría: la del entretenimiento fácil y el rápido olvido. No es un atractivo menor el recorrido que hace Calasso por su propia memoria, por las grandes personalidades con las que trató, no sólo del ámbito editorial, sino también, claro, del literario; en ese aspecto, es insuperable el retrato que traza aquí, por ejemplo, de Thomas Bernhard. La marca del editor puede leerse como una continuación de Cien cartas a un desconocido, el libro con el que, a través de los textos de las contracubiertas escritas para los libros de Adelphi, Calasso inauguraba sus memorias como editor. La marca del editor completa el trazado de una trayectoria excepcional, el de una estirpe que ha formado nuestra sensibilidad y nuestra cultura, y que ahora más que nunca necesita nuestro reconocimiento
L'innominabile attuale by Roberto Calasso( Book )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in Italian and Spanish and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony
K.Literature and the godsKaThe ruin of KaschTiepolo pinkThe forty-nine stepsThe Zürau aphorisms of Franz KafkaLe Fou impurLa follia che viene dalle Ninfe
Alternative Names
Calasso Roberto

Roberto Calasso écrivain italien

Roberto Calasso escriptor italià

Roberto Calasso escritor italiano

Roberto Calasso Italiaans schrijver

Roberto Calasso Italian writer

Roberto Calasso italienischer Schriftsteller und Verleger

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Roberto Calasso italiensk skribent

Roberto Calasso scriitor italian

Robertus Calasso

Калассо, Роберто

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