The Celestial Hunter

The Celestial Hunter

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There was a time when, upon encountering other beings, it was not certain whether they were animals or gods or lords of a certain species, demons or ancestors. Or simply humans. One day, which lasted many thousands of years, humans did something that no other species had yet tried, we began to imitate those same animals that persecuted us: the predators. And we became the hunter.

In this new book, Roberto Calasso takes the reader on an unforgettable journey through centuries and across cultures - from the Paleolithic era to Turing's Machine - weaving together stories of gods, animals and humans in an extraordinary tale of transformation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 41mm | 704g
  • ALLEN LANE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241296749
  • 9780241296745
  • 18,618

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A poetic, erudite exploration of history, myth and hunting as the first 'art for art's sake' . . . Calasso practises a sort of literary palaeoarchaeology . . . he writes like a poet, not a professor, in glinting, enigmatic nuggets of narrative finely voiced by his translator Richard Dixon * Financial Times * Virtuosic, captivating, beguiling * Guardian *
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About Roberto Calasso

Roberto Calasso is the author of an ongoing series of books which began with The Ruin of Kasch and includes the international bestseller The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Ka, K., Tiepolo Pink, La Folie Baudelaire, Ardor, The Celestial Hunter and The Unnamable Present. He lives in Milan.
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