The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0804151342
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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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.


Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783458348702
Page: 567
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Eine Liebesgeschichte
Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Piper Edition
ISBN: 3492979726
Category: Fiction
Page: 260
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Die beklemmend schöne Liebesgeschichte eines einfachen Mädchens vom Lande und eines gebildeten Städers, die an den gesellschaftlichen Konventionen zerbricht - ein amerikanischer Klassiker der Pulitzer-Preisträgerin und Autorin von "Zeit der Unschuld" Edith Wharton

Zeiten der Leidenschaft

Author: Shana Abé
Publisher: Edel:Books
ISBN: 3955305538
Category: Fiction
Page: 603
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Eine sagenumwobene schottische Insel verzaubert Liebende in drei Jahrhunderten... Eine verführerische Sirene rettet Prinz Aeden im Jahr 531 vor der schottischen Insel Kell vor dem Ertrinken. Der Herzog von Kell, Ronan McMhuirich, entbrennt 1721 in leidenschaftlicher Liebe zu der Frau, die ihm nach dem Leben trachtet. Und die junge Ruriko Kell erbt 2004 eine Insel, von deren Existenz alte Legenden berichten. Sie ahnt nicht, dass das Leben des attraktiven Ian MacInnes ganz eng mit dem sagenumwobenen Eiland verbunden ist ... "Shana Abé schreibt mit intensivem und unwiderstehlichem Gefühl!" (Romance-Bestsellerautorin Jane Feather)

The Universal (in the Realm of the Sensible)

Beyond Continental Philosophy
Author: Dorothea Olkowski
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231141987
Category: Philosophy
Page: 280
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The Universal proposes a radically new philosophical system that moves from ontology to ethics. Drawing on the work of De Beauvoir, Sartre, and Le Doeuff, among others, and addressing a range of topics from the Asian sex trade to late capitalism, quantum gravity, and Merleau-Ponty's views on cinema, Dorothea Olkowski stretches the mathematical, political, epistemological, and aesthetic limits of continental philosophy and introduces a new perspective on political structures. Straddling a course between formalism and conventionalism, Olkowski develops the concept of an ontological unconscious that arises from our "sensible" relation to the world-the information we absorb and emit that affects our encounters with the environment and others. In this "realm of the senses," or the field of vulnerability defined by our experience with pleasure and pain, Olkowski is able to rethink the space-time relations put forth by Irigaray's notion of the "interval," Bergson's "recollection," Merleau-Ponty's idea of the "flesh," and Deleuze's "plane of immanence." This aesthetic sense is shared by all humankind and nonhuman entities in the organic and inorganic world. The sensible universal can be applied to categories of pure and practical reason; experiential binaries of male-female and subject-object; and issues of autonomy, moral laws, and the regulation of perception.

Power, Sect and State in Syria

The Politics of Marriage and Identity amongst the Druze
Author: A. Maria A. Kastrinou
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0857727524
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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The Syrian state's rhetoric of Arab nationalism left little room for the official recognition of minority identities in pre-war Syria. Yet in practice, the state continually engaged with the Druze and other minorities to reinforce its legitimacy, often through cultural policy. Uncovering this neglected aspect of pre-war Syrian politics, Kastrinou explores the cultural politics of marriage in Syria, primarily among the Druze, to reveal how practical rituals of marriage inform sectarian and national identity formation.Challenging the assumed inherence of sectarianism and Druze endogamy, the book provides an historical and ethnographic account of political power and its relation to social control in Syria. It demonstrates the centrality of the body to Druze cosmology and how ritual performances of birth, marriage and death maintain and negotiate sectarian cohesion. Connecting these struggles to national and international politics, Kastrinou examines how both the Syrian government and the European Union have sponsored marriage-themed dance performances in Syria, each leveraging its cultural importance to legitimise their own policy goals. The book establishes marriage as a pervasive idiom for the construction of collective identity in Syria, which is appropriated by individuals, sects, states and intergovernmental organizations alike. Its conclusions are relevant to scholars of Middle East studies, sectarianism, anthropology and politics.

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess

The Conflict Between Word and Image
Author: Leonard Shlain
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101573910
Category: Social Science
Page: 496
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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.

Licht und Zorn

Author: Lauren Groff
Publisher: Hanser Berlin
ISBN: 3446254285
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
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Lottos Charme bezwingt jeden, Mathildes Schönheit wirft ein Schimmern an jede Wand. Sie lieben und begehren einander, sie heiraten, ziehen nach New York. Ihre Partys sind legendär, und irgendwann feiert Lotto Triumphe als Dramatiker. Ist das glückliche Fügung, oder lenkt hier jemand mit kühlem Verstand die Geschicke? Ahnt Lotto, welchen Zorn Mathilde hinter ihrem Lächeln verbirgt? In einer vor Energie pulsierenden Sprache entwirft Lauren Groff das Bild einer Ehe, hinter deren Glanz sich schleichend etwas Dunkleres offenbart. Denn die Geschichte von Lotto und Mathilde kann auch ganz anders erzählt werden.


Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0099750716
Category: Mythology, Indic
Page: 443
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The first impact of this text about the Indianness of India is one of strangeness, bewilderment and disorientation. However, slowly the strange becomes familiar, and as Ka folds and enfolds the world of Deva and the Seven Seers, of Siva, and through to the advent of Budhha, all becomes clear.

Desiring Arabs

Author: Joseph A. Massad
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226509605
Category: Social Science
Page: 472
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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


Author: Tim Parks
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 388897836X
Category: Fiction
Page: 360
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Harold Cleaver ist auf dem Höhepunkt seiner Karriere als Fernsehjournalist. Über sein denkwürdiges Interview mit dem amerikanischen Präsidenten spricht man im ganzen Land, nicht nur in London. Man spricht aber auch über das gerade erschienene Buch seines Sohnes, ein kaum verschlüsselter Roman über seinen Vater: "Im Schatten des Allmächtigen". Und plötzlich ist ihm klar, dass er weg muss. Weg von der medialen Öffentlichkeit, weg von seiner langjährigen Lebensgefährtin und den gemeinsamen Kindern. Das Bedürfnis nach Stille ist übermächtig. Er bucht einen Flug nach Mailand und fährt in ein entlegenes Dorf in Südtirol, um dort eine Hütte "über der Lärmgrenze" zu finden, wo er für niemanden mehr erreichbar ist. Wochen später, eingeschneit in dieser abgelegenen Hütte, muss er feststellen, dass die Stille kein Garant für Ruhe ist und dass nichts so verstörend ist wie die Stimmen im eigenen Kopf.


Author: Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446419940
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
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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.

Opera and Sovereignty

Transforming Myths in Eighteenth-Century Italy
Author: Martha Feldman
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226044545
Category: Music
Page: 584
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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.

Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy

Author: Anais N. Spitzer
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441160329
Category: Philosophy
Page: 224
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In Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy, Anais N. Spitzer shows that philosophy cannot separate itself from myth since myth is an inevitable condition of the possibility of philosophy. Bombarded by narratives that terrorize and repress, we may often consider myth to be constrictive dogma or, at best, something to be readily disregarded as unphilosophical and irrelevant. However, such dismissals miss a crucial aspect of myth. Harnessing the insights of Jacques Derrida's deconstruction and Mark C. Taylor's philosophical reading of complexity theory, Derrida, Myth and the Impossibility of Philosophy provocatively reframes the pivotal relation of myth to thinking and to philosophy, demonstrating that myth's inherent ambiguity engenders vital and inescapable deconstructive propensities. Exploring myth's disruptive presence, Spitzer shows that philosophy cannot separate itself from myth. Instead, myth is an inevitable condition of the possibility of philosophy. This study provides a nuanced account of myth in the postmodern era, not only laying out the deconstructive underpinnings of myth in philosophy and religion, but establishing the very necessity of myth in the study of ideas.