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    DescriptionItalian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is the rare writer whose ideas and works have a broad appeal across many fields, and his devoted fans are not just philosophers, but readers of political and legal theory, sociology, and literary criticism as well. Agamben's intuition and meditation are fascinating, and not least when he turns his critical eye to the mysteries and contradictions of early religion. The "Unspeakable Girl: The Myth and Mystery of Kore" is a book of three richly detailed treatments of the myth of Kore. Kore, also called Persephone and referred to poetically by the Greeks as "the unspeakable girl," was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus who was abducted by Hades and made queen of the netherworld. Kore and her story gave rise to a mysterious cult at Eleusis, the site of the well where Demeter mourned her lost daughter. This book opens with an innovative and insightful essay that focuses on the mysterious indeterminacy of the figure of Kore/Persephone - at once a woman and a girl, a virgin and a mother - as well as the attendant divisions of speech and silence, the sacred and the profane, the animal and the human, and the mortal and the divine. Tracing these dichotomies, Agamben is in top form, able to articulate paradoxes that in another writer's hands might be ineffable. In the second and third parts of the book the reader is treated to a series of beautiful paintings by acclaimed artist Monica Ferrando, as well as her translation of crucial Greek and Latin source materials. As a whole, "The Unspeakable Girl" will not only be welcomed by Agamben's many readers across the disciplines, but also by enthusiasts of classical mythology in general.

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    The Unspeakable Girl
    The Myth and Mystery of Kore
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giorgio Agamben, By (author) Monica Ferrando, Translated by Leland De La Durantaye
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 104
    Width: 149 mm
    Height: 205 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 326 g
    ISBN 13: 9780857420831
    ISBN 10: 0857420836

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    Illustrations note
    40 colour plates
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Imprint name
    Seagull Books London Ltd
    Publication date
    10 June 2014
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    Author Information
    Giorgio Agamben is the author of more than fifteen books on topics ranging from aesthetics to poetics, ontology to political philosophy. He recently retired from the Universita Iuav di Venezia. Monica Ferrando is a contemporary artist who studied philosophy and art in Turin and Berlin. Leland de la Durantaye is the Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of English at Harvard University.
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    "In Agamben's work, one meets a vision that looks deeply into the well of human experience, and perceives there a turbulent and powerful interplay of political and social forces, all serving to shape and constitute not only the social order and individual subjectivity, but also 'life' at its most basic level." -Radical Philosophy Review"