Literature and the Gods

Literature and the Gods

Roberto Calasso

amazing, encouraged, and gloriously erudite, Literature and the Gods is the end result of Roberto Calasso’s lifelong research of the gods within the human mind's eye. via uncovering the divine whisper that lies in the back of the easiest poetry and prose from around the centuries, Calasso offers us a renewed feel of the secret and appeal of serious literature.

From the banishment of the classical divinities in the course of the Age of cause to their emancipation via the Romantics and their position within the literature of our personal time, the heritage of the gods is usually learn as a ciphered and opulent background of literary notion. Rewriting that tale, Calasso carves out a sacred house for literature the place the presence of the gods is discernible. His inquiry into the character of “absolute literature” transports us to the geographical regions of Dionysus and Orpheus, Baudelaire and Mallarmé, and activates a lucid and impassioned safety of poetic shape, even if it appears severed from any social functionality. Lyrical and warranted, Literature and the Gods is an intensely attractive paintings of literary confirmation that merits to be learn along the masterpieces it celebrates.

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