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The Ruin of Kasch

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A brilliant new translation of a classic work on violence and revolution as seen through mythology and artThe Ruin of Kasch takes up two subjects-&quote,the first is Talleyrand, and the second is everything else,&quote, wrote Italo Calvino when the book first appeared in 1983. Hailed as one of those rare books that persuade us to see our entire civilization in a new light, its guide is the French statesman Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, who knew the secrets of the ancien regime and all that came after, and was able to adapt the notion of &quote,legitimacy&quote, to the modern age. Roberto Calasso follows him through a vast gallery of scenes set immediately before and after the French Revolution, making occasional forays backward and forward in time, from Vedic India to the porticoes of the Palais-Royal and to the killing fields of Pol Pot, with appearances by Goethe and Marie Antoinette, Napoleon and Marx, Walter Benjamin and Chateaubriand. At the center stands the story of the ruin of Kasch, a legendary kingdom based on the ritual killing of the king and emblematic of the ruin of ancient and modern regimes. Offered here in a new translation by Richard Dixon, The Ruin of Kasch is, as John Banville wrote, &quote,a great fat jewel-box of a book, gleaming with obscure treasures.&quote,

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Roberto Calasso; A New Translation from the Italian by Richard Dixon

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Titre: The Ruin of Kasch
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Code EAN: 9780374712839
ISBN: 978-0-374-71283-9
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 432
Parution: 02.01.2018
Année: 2018
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 1.1 MB