The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony


By (author) Roberto Calasso, Translated by Tim Parks

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 34mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 30 June 1994
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099308010
  • ISBN 13: 9780099308010
  • Sales rank: 103,414

Product description

THE MARRIAGE OF CADMUS AND HARMONY is a book without any modern parallel. Forming an active link in a chain that reaches back through Ovid's METAMORPHOSES directly to Homer, Roberto Calasso's re-exploration of the fantastic fables and mysteries we may only think we know explodes the entire world of Greek mythology, pieces it back together, and presents it to us in a new, and astonishing, and utterly contempory way.

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Author information

Roberto Calasso is the author of The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Ka and K. He has also written The Forty-Nine Steps and Literature and the Gods. He lives in Milan and is the publisher of Adelphi.

Review quote

"A dynamic encounter between modernity and the oldest stories known to Europe." -- Robin Blake The Independent "I have no idea whether or not Roberto Calasso is a 'genius' but I do know that The Marriage Of Cadmus and Harmony is a perfect work like no other" -- Gore Vidal "It will be read and re-read not as a treatise but as a story: one of the most extraordinary that has ever been written of the origins of Western self-consciousness" -- Simon Schama "A masterpiece...a wonderfully fashioned work of art" -- John Banville Irish Times "A brilliant and profound narration" -- A. S. Byatt The Times

Editorial reviews

Tim Parks, translator of this work, writes, 'This rates as one of the very few books that changed my life, and not only because I spent a year sweating blood to translate it. Written in brief, easily manageable sections, which can be read in more or less any order you choose (excellent bedside stuff), it offers a beautiful and provocative re-working of Greek myth, at once bewildering and oddly clarifying. But the life-changing aspect is the way it builds up an alternative, pre-Christian vision of life which is entirely convincing, and throws one's own cultural background into sharp and frankly unflattering relief.' The story has also been lauded by many great names, from Gore Vidal ('I do know that The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony is a perfect work like no other') to A S Byatt ('a brilliant and profound narration') and John Banville ('a masterpiece... a wonderfully fashioned work of art'). This extraordinary book has claimed many major prizes in Europe. It is a re-telling of Greek myth in the form of a riotous romp which is both highly readable, educational (if you don't already know all the legends) and intriguing. Already a classic. (Kirkus UK)