The Marriage Of Cadmus And Harmony

Autore: Roberto Calasso
Editore: Vintage
ISBN: 0804151342
Grandezza: 67,10 MB
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Presenting the stories of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the birth of Athens and the fall of Troy, in all their variants, Calasso also uncovers the distant origins of secrets and tragedy, virginity, and rape. "A perfect work like no other. (Calasso) has re-created . . . the morning of our world."--Gore Vidal. 15 engravings.

K

Autore: Roberto Calasso
Editore:
ISBN: 9783446207592
Grandezza: 60,61 MB
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Das Geld Der Medici

Autore: Tim Parks
Editore: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888978351
Grandezza: 31,83 MB
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Die Medici umgibt bis heute der Mythos einer Dynastie unermesslich reicher und kunstsinniger Herrscher, die das moderne Bankwesen erfanden und ihre Heimatstadt Florenz mit den schönsten Werken der Renaissance schmückten. Tatsächlich brauchte man im Florenz des 15. Jahrhunderts mehr als finanzielles Geschick, um sich an der Macht zu halten: Geld gegen Zins zu verleihen, galt der Kirche als Wucher. Die Macht der Medici stand auf schwankendem Boden, wie Tim Parks zeigt. Die Bank, 1397 gegründet, brach bereits 1494 zusammen. Knapp 100 Jahre, die unser Verständnis der Beziehung zwischen Hochkultur und Kreditwesen sowie von der Verquickung von Religion und Politik entscheidend prägen sollten.

Oben In Der Villa

Autore: William Somerset Maugham
Editore:
ISBN: 9783257201666
Grandezza: 53,12 MB
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Vista: 7658
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K

Autore: Roberto Calasso
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1446419940
Grandezza: 19,60 MB
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What are Kafka's stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day? But where and when? In this remarkable book, Roberto Calasso sets out not to dispel the mystery but to let it be illuminated by its own light. With his unique vision, imagination, and intellectual acumen, Calasso attempts to enter the flow, the tortuous movement, the physiology of the stories to discover what they are meant to signify and to delve into the most basic question: Who is K.? The culmination of the author's lifelong fascination with Kafka, K. is a book of significant literary importance, the fourth part in a work in progress of which the previous volumes are The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, and Ka.

Ka

Autore: Roberto Calasso
Editore: Random House
ISBN: 1446419975
Grandezza: 64,66 MB
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It is the essence of Roberto Calasso's particular genius to have evolved a unique way of reconstructing the imaginative heart of some of the world's greatest cultures. In The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony it was the 'Greekness' of classical culture; in Ka he gives us the 'Indianness' of the mind of India, but in an Indian way. He does not describe or explain this mental world: he regenerates it through its stories and customs. Who is Ka? And who is the immense eagle who asks this question, filling the sky, an elephant and a giant turtle in his claws? How can he be the child of woman? Who are these tiny folk he eats? The first impact of Ka is one of tremendous strangeness, bewilderment, disorientation. Slowly, however, the strange becomes familiar and - as Ka folds and enfolds the world of the Deva and the Seven Seers, of Siva, Brahma and Visnu, the wars of the Mahabharata, and finally the advent of the Buddha - we are amazed at our own recognition. These stories lie so close to the grain of our own experience that they confirm, or for the first time articulate, our own deepest perceptions about our condition.

The Alphabet Versus The Goddess

Autore: Leonard Shlain
Editore: Penguin
ISBN: 1101573910
Grandezza: 74,92 MB
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This groundbreaking book proposes that the rise of alphabetic literacy reconfigured the human brain and brought about profound changes in history, religion, and gender relations. Making remarkable connections across brain function, myth, and anthropology, Dr. Shlain shows why pre-literate cultures were principally informed by holistic, right-brain modes that venerated the Goddess, images, and feminine values. Writing drove cultures toward linear left-brain thinking and this shift upset the balance between men and women, initiating the decline of the feminine and ushering in patriarchal rule. Examining the cultures of the Israelites, Greeks, Christians, and Muslims, Shlain reinterprets ancient myths and parables in light of his theory. Provocative and inspiring, this book is a paradigm-shattering work that will transform your view of history and the mind.

Desiring Arabs

Autore: Joseph A. Massad
Editore: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226509605
Grandezza: 17,90 MB
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Sexual desire has long played a key role in Western judgments about the value of Arab civilization. In the past, Westerners viewed the Arab world as licentious, and Western intolerance of sex led them to brand Arabs as decadent; but as Western society became more sexually open, the supposedly prudish Arabs soon became viewed as backward. Rather than focusing exclusively on how these views developed in the West, in Desiring Arabs Joseph A. Massad reveals the history of how Arabs represented their own sexual desires. To this aim, he assembles a massive and diverse compendium of Arabic writing from the nineteenth century to the present in order to chart the changes in Arab sexual attitudes and their links to Arab notions of cultural heritage and civilization. A work of impressive scope and erudition, Massad’s chronicle of both the history and modern permutations of the debate over representations of sexual desires and practices in the Arab world is a crucial addition to our understanding of a frequently oversimplified and vilified culture. “A pioneering work on a very timely yet frustratingly neglected topic. . . . I know of no other study that can even begin to compare with the detail and scope of [this] work.”—Khaled El-Rouayheb, Middle East Report “In Desiring Arabs, [Edward] Said’s disciple Joseph A. Massad corroborates his mentor’s thesis that orientalist writing was racist and dehumanizing. . . . [Massad] brilliantly goes on to trace the legacy of this racist, internalized, orientalist discourse up to the present.”—Financial Times

Literarische Wertung Und Kanonbildung

Autore: Nicholas Saul
Editore: Königshausen & Neumann
ISBN: 9783826035937
Grandezza: 50,31 MB
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Opera And Sovereignty

Autore: Martha Feldman
Editore: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226044548
Grandezza: 13,74 MB
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Performed throughout Europe during the 1700s, Italian heroic opera, or opera seria, was the century’s most significant musical art form, profoundly engaging such figures as Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. Opera and Sovereignty is the first book to address this genre as cultural history, arguing that eighteenth-century opera seria must be understood in light of the period’s social and political upheavals. Taking an anthropological approach to European music that’s as bold as it is unusual, Martha Feldman traces Italian opera’s shift from a mythical assertion of sovereignty, with its festive forms and rituals, to a dramatic vehicle that increasingly questioned absolute ideals. She situates these transformations against the backdrop of eighteenth-century Italian culture to show how opera seria both reflected and affected the struggles of rulers to maintain sovereignty in the face of a growing public sphere. In so doing, Feldman explains why the form had such great international success and how audience experiences of the period differed from ours today. Ambitiously interdisciplinary, Opera and Sovereignty will appeal not only to scholars of music and anthropology, but also to those interested in theater, dance, and the history of the Enlightenment.