The ruin of kasch is not a narrative but an inexhaustible mine of anecdotes not an essay but an endless string of brilliant insights into literature history philosophy economics politics in short into the makings and unmakings of the modern world. At the center of the story lies of ruin of kasch a fictitious african kingdom whose annihilation became emblematic of the ruin of the modern world i am getting rid of this book so thought i should list it as something i had owned and read. Although the ruin of kasch was published in the united states in 1994 in a translation by william weaver and stephen sartarelli it was actually written five years before the marriage of cadmus and harmony and appeared in italy in 1983. Roberto calasso is an italian publisher who writes erudite works of non fiction so elegantly self indulgent they can be marketed as novels he is working on a trilogy or perhaps tetralogy of which the ruin of kasch is the first part and the marriage of cadmus and harmony which preceded it in . The ruin of kasch is the first book in an ongoing series that includes the marriage of cadmus and harmony ka k tiepolo pink la folie baudelaire and ardor richard dixon lives and works in italy
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