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by Roberto Calasso

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ISBN:
0375725431
Author:
Roberto Calasso
Category:
History & Criticism
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage (June 4, 2002)
Pages:
224 pages
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Literature and the Gods. Such books are infrequent. Calasso knows a lot about the gods.

Literature and the Gods. International Acclaim for Roberto Calasso’s Literature and the Gods. All the more reason to welcome, and read, this one. - The Boston Phoenix. In his attentiveness to the divine flame still burning behind the mundane realities of a fallen world, he is a direct descendant of Hölderlin and Nietzsche, of Baudelaire and Mallarmé, of Yeats and Nabokov. In a meanly mealy-mouthed time, Calasso speaks out strongly from an unfashionably high-intellectual position.

Roberto Calasso's survey of the renewed interest in myth demonstrates how decisive the gods' influence was on modern literature.

Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Roberto Calasso's survey of the renewed interest in myth demonstrates how decisive the gods' influence was on modern literature. Calasso is not only immensely learned; he is one of the most original thinkers and writers we have today.

Literature and the Gods book. 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.

Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian writer and . William Weaver and Stephen Sartarelli. Book-length essay about Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.

Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian writer and publisher. Apart from his mother tongue, Calasso is fluent in French, English, Spanish, German, Latin and ancient Greek. His more narrowly focused essays relating to European modernity are collected in I quarantanove gradini (The Forty-nine Steps), addressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife; Literature and the gods (2002) (based on his Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford, on the decline and return of pagan imagery in the art of the west), and La follia che viene dalle ninfe.

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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 Mallarmé, and prompts a lucid and impassioned defense of poetic form, even when apparently severed from any social function. Books related to Literature and the Gods.

International Acclaim for Roberto Calasso’s. LITERATURE and the GODS . Immensely rewarding. Calasso knows a lot about the gods

International Acclaim for Roberto Calasso’s. What he is urging on us is nothing less than our duty to recall the gods from banishment through the medium of literature. John Banville, Irish Times. Mythology, Classical, in literature. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Uploaded by Alethea Bowser on December 20, 2011.

Presenting the stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, in all their variants, Calasso also uncovers the distant origins of secrets and tragedy, virginity, and rape. A perfect work like no other. Calasso) has re-created. the morning of our world. From Publishers Weekly. That Greco-Roman mythology should shape a contemporary novel is hardly unusual, but the way this breath-takingly ambitious work shapes-and reshapes-classical mythology is remarkable indeed.

With Literature and the Gods, Roberto Calasso profoundly deepens our understanding of our literary tradition. It is, itself, a literary masterpiece. I will do my best to address your concerns including 100% refund of your money. Name of your business and form of legal entity: Ami Ventures In. -Corp.

As a major theme of his studies, he examines the relation between myth and modern consciousness. Noting the interest in ancient gods, observed since the 19th . as well as the keenness to generate a ‘new mythology’, Calasso recreates the romantic and post-romantic myth about literature, taking a close look at ‘absolute literature’. Calasso absolutely deserves the name of a master of secret knowledge, and thanks to Anna Yampolskaya the heuristic energy of his artistic and critical thought can finally be experienced in Russian.

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 Mallarmé, and prompts a lucid and impassioned defense of poetic form, even when apparently severed from any social function. Lyrical and assured, Literature and the Godsis an intensely engaging work of literary affirmation that deserves to be read alongside the masterpieces it celebrates.
  • Lavivan
I decided to add a review because I was not only impressed with how erudite Calasso is, but I was also inspired by his rich approach to literature and the complex understanding he sheds on the wellspring of literature. After reading C. Collins review and the other two reviews, I realized no more needed to be said. I agreed with them all. Allow yourself the luxury of reading this challenging yet nourishing book.
  • Thiama
I'm going to need to reread this book several times. Ridiculously deep and beautiful. And I will never read the literature the same way again. This book is amazing.
  • Phain
This relatively short book is actually 8 lectures Roberto Calasso delivered at Yale in 2000. I found Calasso's book The Marraige of Cadmus and Harmony to be exceptional. I found two others; The Ruin of Kasch and Ka to be more difficult. These lectures are not as accessible as The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony but neither are they as difficult as Ka, with it's convoluted explanations of Hinduism.

Calasso sees the gods as the energy behind creative thought and thus only a few lucky individuals, with blank brains, are visited by the gods. The human mind is not strong enough to bear the full revelation, but we are able to briefly receive the images offered to us by the gods and struggle to give them shape.

Calasso seems to think that contemporary thought has diminished the god's powers. Yet he knows they are still among us, and have even been joined by a vast herd of Eastern dieties, ready to invade the European mind.

Calasso refutes Voltaire's assertion that the gods are only fables designed by the power hungry priestly class to control the masses. Calasso sees myths as archtypes, patterns, that reveal themselves to men rather than as imply stories invented by men. With sadness, he points out that for a period of 400 years they remained alive mainly in the paintings of Boticelli, Rembrandt, Poussin, and Tiepolo.

The gods not only permeate the arts, Calasso points out that it is myth that holds a people together in community. This attests to myths enduring power over us as a society.

As Nymphs, the gods survived in the visual arts and emerge in such modern masterpieces as Nabokov's Lolita.

Calasso discussed Nietzsche's phenomenological concept that the sciences, and all forms of knowledge, are models of reality, are simulations. This is the the connection between art and science. They both are approximations of reality. Whereas science is forever in flux, being proven and disproven, but remaining useful; art has immediate impact.

The image, the archtype, the vision must have form and this is the job of the artist. In poetry it is the meter. Calasso quotes Proust on the role of structure in giving body to the spirit of inspired thought. Calasso concludes with the concept that three actors are involved in the creative process, the hand that writes, the voice that speaks, the god who watches over and compels. This is related to the ego, the self,and the divine; all of which must mediate the creative process.

Though he quotes Jung only once, I found many of these concepts to be present in the works of Jung, Joseph Campbell, and the essays of Iris Murdoch on the nature of the arts. Calasso challenges the reader's intellect, sometimes leaving us adrift due to his vast knowledge base, but always I found gems of unique insight and fresh interpretations of philosophy and literature.
  • Onoxyleili
Calasso is not an easy author to engage. Simply put, he makes little to no apologies from those that are not as well read he is, and does not waste time trying to have others catch up.
However, in this he is like the college professor who challenges his pupils, offering incredible insight to those who want to educate themselves. In this book, he attempts to connect the old gods, and the very idea of pagan divinity, to the literature of the modern age. His goal is to show us that these concrete expressions of divinity make their way into literature because they are what give literature a spark of the mysterious and divine.
In all honesty, it is hard to tell whether he accomplishes his goal, precisely because I am not up to par with his knowledge. At the same time, like a good professor he stuns me with his eloquence, so much so that I WANT to go and educate myself, to bone up on my literature and return to his lectures.
To any who love learning, I recommend this and Calasso's other books. He has a gift for recognizing and conveying the passion of writers and philosophers.