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The Ruin of Kasch (Hardcover): Roberto Calasso

The Ruin of Kasch (Hardcover)

Roberto Calasso; Translated by William Weaver, Stephen Sartarelli

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In the African kingdom of Kasch the king should be sacrificed when the stars come into a particular alignment. One day a stranger arrives who tells such good yarns the priests forget to watch the skies. The king survives. Sacrifice is abolished, but the kingdom begins to decline. Using this Bedouin legend Roberto Calasso questions the legitimacy of power, tyranny and sacrifice. Talleyrand is the master of ceremonies and guides the reader into real and symbolic places. We are accompanied by Marie-Antoinette, Bentham, Goethe, Baudelaire, Marx, Chateaubriand, three gruesome assassins and assorted other folk. They all contribute to Calasso's vision of history which encompasses both narrative and reflection and reveals how ideas and actual events impinge upon one another.


Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 1994
Authors: Roberto Calasso
Translators: William Weaver • Stephen Sartarelli
Dimensions: 241 x 165mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-0-85635-713-8
Subtitles: Italian
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-85635-713-8
Barcode: 9780856357138

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