Grammars of Creation

Grammars of Creation

George Steiner


"We don't have any extra beginnings," George Steiner starts off during this, his such a lot radical ebook up to now. A far-reaching exploration of the belief of production in Western suggestion, literature, faith, and background, this quantity can particularly be referred to as a magnum opus. He displays at the alternative ways now we have of conversing approximately beginnings, at the "core-tiredness" that pervades our end-of-the-millennium spirit, and at the altering grammar of our discussions in regards to the finish of Western paintings and tradition. along with his famous attractiveness of fashion and highbrow diversity, Steiner probes deeply into the riding forces of the human spirit and our notion of Western civilization's lengthening afternoon shadows. Roaming throughout themes as varied because the Hebrew Bible, the historical past of technological know-how and arithmetic, the ontology of Heidegger, and the poetry of Paul Celan, Steiner examines how the 20 th century has positioned unsure the reason and credibility of a destiny tense-the life of desire. Acknowledging that know-how and technological know-how could have changed paintings and literature because the using forces in our tradition, Steiner warns that this has no longer occurred and not using a major loss. The forces of know-how and technological know-how on my own fail to light up inevitable human questions relating to price, religion, and which means. And but it truly is tough to think that the tale out of Genesis has ended, Steiner observes, and he concludes this masterful quantity of reflections with an eloquent evocation of the endlessness of beginnings.

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