Οι γάμοι του Κάδμου και της Αρμονίας

Οι γάμοι του Κάδμου και της Αρμονίας

Roberto Calasso Γιώργος Κασαπίδης / Mar 28, 2020

  • Title: Οι γάμοι του Κάδμου και της Αρμονίας
  • Author: Roberto Calasso Γιώργος Κασαπίδης
  • ISBN: 9789600340785
  • Page: 453
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      • Roberto Calasso Γιώργος Κασαπίδης

        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 friend Benedetto Croce had done in Bari with Laterza His uncle Tristano Codignola, partigiano during the Resistenza, after the war joined the political life of the new republic, and was for a while Minister of Education His mother Melisenda who gave up a promising academic career to raise her three children was a scholar of German literature, and had worked on H lderlin s translations of the Greek poet Pindar His father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty He has been working for Adelphi Edizioni since its founding in 1962 and became its Chairman in 1999 His books have from 1990 been translated into most European languages After a successful career in publishing he has become a leading intellectual citation needed He is the author of a work in progress, that started with The Ruin of Kasch in 1983, a book welcome by Italo Calvino, dedicated to the French statesman Talleyrand and to a reflection on the culture of modernity This was followed in 1988 by The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, a book where the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re writing the great tales of Greek mythology and reflect on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary readership The trend for portraying whole civilizations continues with Ka where the subject of the re writing is Hindu mythology K instead restricts the focus to one single author Franz Kafka this trend continues with Il rosa Tiepolo, inspired by an adjective used by Proust to describe a shade of pink used by Tiepolo in his paintings With his latest book, La folie Baudelaire, Calasso goes back to the fresco of whole civilisations, this time re writing the lives and works of the artists that revolutionised our artistic taste, the symbolist poets and impressionist painters.His essaystic production is collected in a few books I quarantanove gradini The Forty nine Steps, a collection of essays about major authors and thinkers in European modernity addressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife His Oxford lessons are collected in Literature and the Gods In 2005 Calasso published La follia che viene dalle ninfe, a collection of essays on the influence of the nymph in literature, which is discussed through authors ranging from Plato to Nabokov.


    1. The most profound books that I have ever read have left me speechless, even stammering. Such is the case with Roberto Calasso's The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which I have put down no more than fifteen minutes ago. Here is a book about why myths exist, and why Ancient Greece continues to have such a hold on the Western mind. One of my strange little reading habits is, for each year, to choose a theme that will guide much of my reading for the year. For 2010, I am delving into Ancient Greece [...]

    2. Zeus is never ridiculous. Because his dignity is of no concern to him. "Non bene convemunt nee in una sede morantur / Maiestas et amor," says OvidAny sane reader would find this book ridiculous at least in parts, but that doesn’t concern Calasso, for his subject is Zeus and Zeus is never ridiculous.The mythographer lives in a permanent state of chronolog­ical vertigo, which he pretends to want to resolve. But while on the one table he puts generations and dynasties in order, like some old but [...]

    3. Indispensável para quem se interessa por mitologia grega e tem interesse em saber as origens e os percursos dos deuses do Olimpo, narra de forma meticulosa e comparativa as múltiplas versões trazidas até nós ao longo dos séculos.Conflituosos nas relações entre uns e outros, os deuses gostavam de usar os mortais de maneira caprichosa e alteravam-lhes o curso de vida de forma leviana e definitiva.Súbitas paixões, raptos, violações e enganos, amores proibidos, vinganças e castigos, ond [...]

    4. I've read this book cover to cover 3 times since I bought it in 1993. It's the best book I've ever read on Greek mythology.Actually, it's more of an extended (and unfailingly brilliant) meditation on Greek mythology, rather than a summary or "explanation." Calasso is some kind of genius: he's not only read everything, he's thought about it, flipped it backwards and forwards and tilted it sideways in his mind, then filtered whatever he's talking about through a sophisticated prism. The result is [...]

    5. No, Socrates himself cleared up the point shortly before his death: we enter the mythical when we enter the realm of risk, and myth is the enchantment we generate in ourselves at such moments.Endorsements on the back matter can be daunting. How do we explain our struggles or indifference with work which is lauded so many which we admire? Half way through this, I was south of neutral and growing impatient. Abandonment was an option. The work then slid out from under its treatment of Athenian myth [...]

    6. These things never happened, but are alwaysthree reviewsBy reviewers in alphabetical-orderRandom review: review by Jean-Paul Werner Walshaw-SauterNext review: review by JonfaithPrevious review: review by Riku SarajI recently considered removing this book from my library, to make room for others. Tonight I perused the three reviews above by GR friends of mine. Each reviewer lends a view of the book from a distinct perspective. All rate the book highly. All obviously got something from the book.Bu [...]

    7. Rather than present a distanced and readily understandable survey of Greek mythology, Calasso instead goes into and behind the myths to create a verbal environment that to my mind comes as close as possible to reenacting in the mind of the reader the intellectual feel of living in a living mythology, from both the perspective of the gods and the perspective of mortals, and from both the experience of living life itself and living through reading. The book is an overlapping series of thematic pat [...]

    8. "entra-se no mito quando se entra no risco, e o mito é o encanto que nesse momento consigamos fazer agir em nós. Mais do que uma crença, é um laço mágico que nos cinge. É um sortilégio que a alma concede a si própria." É isso

    9. It has rarely happened to me, even with those books I've read and have rated very high here at . But here it did: I feel resistance giving my copy of this book away. Very unusual for me considering my habit of disposing of books I'm done with, even those I liked a lot, impelled by the logic that good things need to be shared with others and the experience of them has to be spread to as wide an audience as possible. I had wondered why. I surmised that it must be because of this deeply felt urge t [...]

    10. This is a truly remarkable book which puts classical mythology in an entirely new context. It is one of those rare, insightful books that comes along once every fifty years or so. It is a retelling (translated from the Italian) of Greek myth by an exceptionally talented writer in a style that is poetic, provocative, and profound. The author seeks on every page to delve into the deepest meanings of myths: how they came to be, what they tell us about human nature, and what they reveal about the Gr [...]

    11. I started this book when it was new, I got it for Christmas in 1988 (actually I received two of them), I started it but I couldn't finish it quickly (it's rather heavy, but not in a bad way very 'pregnant' of different meanings, allusions, connections or at least I thought so at the time). A few months afterward the author visited my high school, he was supposed to speak about this same book. Unfortunately, not many of us students were present at the event making him evidently very disappointed [...]

    12. Wow. I never thought I'd read this book -- I had flipped through it many times in the bookstore and found it to be rambling and bizarrely organized. But for some reason I purchased it as a used bookstore and decided to read it the right way -- starting on page one, and boy am I glad I did. Calasso does something nearly impossible -- he weaves together all (or almost all) the great stories of Greek antiquity (everything from the Trojan War to the abduction of Persephone) and makes a coherent narr [...]

    13. E' come la spirale dell'ipnosi. Tutto parte da un punto, quasi insignificante, e comincia a disegnare un giro attorno a se stesso, e si ripete ancora, ancora e ancora, all'infinito. Sembra quasi una pellicola ipnotizzante, sul serio. Riflessi dell'immagine originale, di una specie di big bang da cui ha avuto origine una serie di eventi che non fa altro che ripetersi, accamuffandosi in personaggi e luoghi diversi. E noi, che navighiamo in questo mare enorme, che alla fine è una pellicola sola, c [...]

    14. Ay me dio tristeza terminar este libro, me gustó mucho ir leyéndolo de a poquito, no es para leer en cualquier momento, de corrido o así nomás. Voy a contar de qué se trata porque no es muy claro. Obviamente gran parte de lo lindo del libro está en esa ambigüedad, pero esto es una review de . Calasso es un erudito mal. Relata los mitos y a la vez los analiza y reflexiona sobre temas que trata cada uno, sobre figuras que se repiten, sobre la relación entre antigüedad y modernidad. La for [...]

    15. Opera immensa, difficile apprezzarla pienamente con una sola lettura Il mito, tutto il mito greco, raccolto in un unico libro, raccontato, interpretato, rivisitato, con la circolarità e le mille versioni che sono proprie, appunto, del mito. Un libro sicuramente difficile, ma ricco, denso, a tratti illuminante, in certi punti estremamente oscuro, è una lettura che mi ha arricchito moltissimo e credo riprenderò sicuramente.Tra un mito e l'altro, emerge la famosa cultura greca, la matrice classi [...]

    16. This was originally published on The Scrying Orb.Let us try to decipher this strange, dense book. Roberto Calasso takes on Greek mythology.But what is Greek mythology? Capricious gods. Adulterous heroes. Many headed monsters. Irony. Hubris.Calasso explains the difference between narrative and myth: A myth has several different versions, different retellings, but the thrust is often the same — there’s always a labyrinth and a monster and a hero and princess but how they got there, who they we [...]

    17. Un libro di difficile lettura, ma estremamente affascinante. Più profondo di un semplice saggio, più complesso di un racconto, questo libro racconta il meraviglioso intreccio dell'universo mitologico con una prosa rarefatta e a tratti onirica. I rimandi storici e filosofici sono dosati con una bravura non comune e anche se non si è in possesso di una profonda conoscenza della mitologia, il racconto non perde mai forza e il lettore rimane avvinto nella spirale delle storie raccontate, accenate [...]

    18. It's rare that book this profound, this downright difficult, can speak to us with such passion and clarity that I can with confidence say that the reader will never again look at the myths that are the wellspring of western philosophy in quite the same way. Calasso's exploration of Greek myth is part philosophical, part sociological - and wholly inspired storytelling. The Gods themselves, always wanting to hear their own names and loving a good story, kissed Calasso's mouth with the gift of poet [...]

    19. Mi amiga Jaz me invitó a una lectura de poesía en el Varela Varelita. Fui, leí mis poemas, unos 5 tal vez, y cité a Osvaldo Lamborghini, una pequeña viñeta juguetona del Marqués de Sebregondi. Posteriormente fui a la mesa donde me esperaban mis amigos. Me puse a hablar de los griegos que son lo único que me importa hace unos meses. Entonces mi amigo Nahuel sacó de su mochila este libro: Deni, esto tenés que leer. Y me lo entregó. Esa noche bebimos mucho whisky. Una gran noche.Al día [...]

    20. Calasso's famous book gives us a new telling of the old Greek myths. It's the familiar couched in a new language so stirring it becomes poetry. Such exquisite language is needed to capture the essence of those moments when the gods are at once themselves and yet are everywhere and everything.In other writings Calasso has flirted with the idea that the gods were once as real as you and I but that they went away. A lovely idea as romantic as the myths themselves. The marriage of Cadmus and Harmony [...]

    21. "To invite the gods ruins our relationship with them but sets history in motion. A life in which the gods are not invited isn't worth living. It will be quieter, but there won't be any more stories. And you could suppose that these dangerous invitations were in fact conceived by the gods themselves, because the gods get bored with men who have no stories."An absolutely brilliant, if meandering, journey through variants of Greek myth. Roberto Calasso writes with evident passion, weaving the ancie [...]

    22. Un affascinante dedalo di miti, echi di un mondo sospeso tra racconto e leggenda, tra cui è piacevole abbandonarsi guidati dalle virtuose costruzioni letterarie dell'autore. Un libro molto particolare, che non si limita a raccontare il mito, ma che ne ricrea sapientemente atmosfere e malìe, facendo sprofondare il lettore in una dimensione antica e suggestiva.

    23. I seem to be out of step with the consensus on this one. I received this book as a gift from a friend who claimed it was one of the best things she'd ever read. There's no doubting Calasso's scholarship, but unless you have a PhD in Greek mythology (or just a boundless fascination in it) then I imagine you'll struggle with this as I did.

    24. My older fucking brother frankly has been talking this book up forever, but like forever forever, like a decade forever, and I really went in like oh shit, what you doing son, which is generally a bad way to go into a book, or to visit a place, or to meet a woman. Where was I? I didn’t like this like I had intended myself to. It’s basically just the author spitballing endlessly about Greek myth, and some times I was like ‘cool, clever’, and other times I was like ‘what, no, that’s… [...]

    25. “Mythical figures live many lives, die many deaths, and in this they differ from the characters we find in novels, who can never go beyond the single gesture. But in each of these lives and deaths all the others are present, and we can hear their echo. Only when we become aware of a sudden consistency between incompatibles can we say we have crossed the threshold of myth” (22).“The repetition of a mythical event, with its play of variations, tells us that something remote is beckoning to u [...]

    26. I have long observed that the reason why every effort to adapt The Iliad to film fails so spectacularly is because the gods—so integral to Homer’s epic—are somehow excluded from the big screen. It was not entirely his fault that beefcake Brad Pitt looked so ridiculous trying to channel Achilles in Oliver Stone’s 2004 dreadful attempt: Homer’s Achilles is himself half-divine, spawn of the sea nymph Thetis and the mortal Peleus, and it is the intervention of the Olympian gods to palliate [...]

    27. This is a brilliant book. Could there be better way to retell and conceive of the Greek myths than the way Calasso does? Rather than trying to make them cohere in detail, rather than trying to find the definitive version of a story or a master narrative that sutures all the tales together, Calasso makes a virtue of their inconsistency, opacity, and repetition. Repetition is part of myth. Opacity is essential, not obstructive. The unaccountability of multiple accounts is part of the stories' mean [...]

    28. Recommended to me by Eloise at a friend's Christmas party. The author, Robert Calasso, wrote the earlier The Ruin of Kasch in 1983, a book admired by Italo Calvino. Dedicated to the French statesman Talleyrand, it was followed in 1988 by The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, in which the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re-telling the great tales of Greek mythology and reflecting on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary readership. Another world civilization i [...]

    29. At the beginning it was hard to wrap my mind around all the new material. This content and the writer's style finally became familiar. The stories turned out to be both imaginative and wonderful and enhanced my knowledge of Greek mythology.

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