K. (Magill's Literary Annual 2006)
Roberto Calasso burst onto the American literary scene with Le nozze di Cado e Armonia (1993; The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, 1998), a brilliant retelling of Greek and Roman myths which recalls Ovid’s Metamorphoses (c. 8 c.e.; English translation, 1567). With The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, the Italian editor and publisher established a writing pattern which would remain his own: a wide intellectual sweep made in a series of episodes and punctuated by frequent breaks and asides, a detached scholarly voice enlivened by quotations and paraphrases from many sources, and a sense of complete familiarity with the whole of Indo-European literature in the original languages. He also announced an overarching concern with myth and its main subject, the gods.
Calasso expanded his reach into modern European culture with La rovina di Kasch (1983; The Ruin of Kasch, 1994), on the Napoleonic age and its Romantic aftermath. Then he turned to Hindu mythology with Ka (1996; Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India, 1998), which did for the Indian subcontinent what The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony had done for the Mediterranean region.
Subsequently, he published two surveys of literary modernism, concentrating on Europe in the late nineteenth century: I Quarantanove gradini (1991; The Forty-nine Steps, 2001) and La...
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