The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

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Vintage Books, 1994 - Fiction - 403 pages
6 Reviews
But where did it all begin?  No better answer to that question exists than in the Greek myths that are retold to breathtaking effect Roberto Calasso.  Presenting the stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, in all their variants, Calasso uncovers the origins of secrets and tragedy, virginity and rape, and above all, humanity's tormented relations with the gods.  The result is an international literary event, a work of spellbinding playfulness, eroticism wonder.


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User Review  - Caomhghin - LibraryThing

This is the second time I have read this wonderful book. It just gets better. Elegantly written, it takes you on a deceptively casual meander through (mostly) Greek myth, literature and thought ... Read full review

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User Review  - AlanSkinner - LibraryThing

One of those books that I raved about when I read it. I urged everyone I knew to read it. As an examination of the well-spring of western moral and religious thought, this is superb. All the Greek ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi. He is the author of The Ruin of KaschThe Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which was the winner of France's Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger; KaLiterature and the Gods; and The Forty-Nine Steps.

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