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La rovina di Kasch

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La leggenda della rovina di Kasch narra di un regno africano dove il re veniva ucciso quando gli astri raggiungevano certe posizioni celesti. In quel regno arrivò un giorno uno straniero di nome Far-li-mas, dalla terra di là dal mare orientale. Raccontava storie inebrianti: i sacerdoti, ascoltandolo, dimenticarono di osservare il cielo. Con l’arrivo di Far-li-mas ebbe iniz ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca Adelphi #129, 495 pages
Published January 1st 1983 by Adelphi
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Apr 14, 2014 Szplug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was steered to Calasso's first English translation by Hugh Graham, citing its exploration of man's moral separation from the cosmos as a prime inspiration for his superb-but-little-read book The Vestibule of Hell . I owe Graham a double round of thanks; not content to thrill me with one masterpiece, he has led me directly to a second.

The Ruin of Kasch has three hundred and fifty-six pages that read like half again as many—Calasso, certainly as well-read in a broad field of studies as any auth
Anyone who has spent time studying analytical and continental philosophy knows that there is a vast shadow-world which lies at the edges of our conceptualizations. With analytical philosophy, the gaps are quite severe and for the most part are taken as essential limits which the mature mind must accept. Continental philosophy attempts to manipulate and redefine the epistemological and linguistic rifts that result from the incommensurability of perspectives. In a sense, it attempts to reach the s ...more
Half of this went right over my head - his glosses on the Vedas and Das Kapital, etc. - but what a style!

[the true historian's] desired prey is primarily what has eluded memory and what has had every reason to elude it. After lengthy training in this struggle with the opaque, he will be able to test himself against Plutarchan figures, who are, in contrast, obscured by an excess of testimony - that thick carapace history secretes to keep them remote from us. And the end of his arrogant rise, the
Tom Ewing
Oct 26, 2015 Tom Ewing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this one as a fresh-face graduate, I finish it 19 years later at roughly the age Roberto Calasso was when he published it, his first book, and the foundational section of his life's work, an exploration of sacrifice, myth and modernity. Most of Calasso's cast and almost all his themes turn up here - Baudelaire; Kafka; the Vedic seers of ancient India and their elaborate edifices of ritual sacrifice. Other figures - like Saint-Beuve and Walter Benjamin - appear as echoes of the author a ...more
Jose Luis
El libro se plantea como un puzzle, una combinación de elementos que giran en torno a la ruina del antiguo régimen y el nacimiento de la modernidad. Se centra, al principio, en la figura de Talleyrand, el político que supo mantenerse en el poder y sus alrededores bajo la monarquía, la revolución y el imperio, traicionando todos los principios y procurándose todos los odios, pero pronto se convierte en un torbellino de ideas, anécdotas, personajes y temas que emergen de esa ruina de un mundo y de ...more
Jaime Mozo Dutton
Maybe I'm just becoming dense in my old age or perhaps I lack the patience to give this book a really good go but whatever the reason I just found the form of the narrative in its choppy style unapproachable. It may be far better than I give it credit for but I gave up a quarter of the way in, it's all well and good being clever but fiction should be enjoyable too.
Victoria Jackson
Apr 08, 2016 Victoria Jackson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really didn't like the high brow approach which made it virtually unreadable. Little snippets about Napolean, Talleyrand. I ploughed through it - skipped, skimmed over some - too rambling and philosophical.
Nov 30, 2015 Kate marked it as to-buy  ·  review of another edition
5 books editor recommendation
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Apr 24, 2013 Edgar Alvarez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hay libros que resultan interesantes porque muestran nuevas perspectivas sobre viejos temas. También hay libros que abren puertas que antes no habíamos identificado. Sin embargo, por encima de dichas clases de buenos libros, existen otros de una naturaleza profunda, que buscan abrirse paso hacia el obscuro abismo en el que habita la llama del intelecto humano. La Ruina de K pertenece a esta clase selecta de libros.
Mar 04, 2014 Ximena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
pues me lo prestó Javo, quien me dice es su libro favorito.
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Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian publisher and writer. He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. Codignola created a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Florence, just like his ...more
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