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The Ring of Truth : The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung

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'The ideal interpreter of the Ring ... a fascinating and valuable study ... absorbing and convincing' Sunday TimesThe Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times. Roger Scruton's brilliant and passionate exploration of the drama, music, symbolism and philosophy of Wagner's masterpiece - with its themes of love, death, sacrifice and freedom - shows how, ultimately, it expresses the truth about the human condition. 'Highly original and penetrating ... tremendous' Tim Blanning, Literary Review'A rich, historical account ... After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece' Economist'A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts' Sue Prideaux, Spectator'Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer' Jonathan Gaisman, Standpointshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 303g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141980729
  • 9780141980720
  • 15,645

About Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton is a writer and philosopher who has held positions at the universities of London, Oxford, Boston and St Andrews and who has written widely on art, architecture, music and aesthetics. His books include his now classic Short History of Modern Philosophy (1981), The Aesthetics of Music (1997), Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde (2004), Fools, Frauds and Firebrands (1985, republished 2015) an examination of the New Left and its influence on intellectual life in Europe and America. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.show more

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After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. * Economist * Roger Scruton is in many ways the ideal interpreter of the Ring -- Adam Lively * The Sunday Times * Highly original and penetrating ... he writes about the music authoritatively but comprehensibly... lucidly, cogently and even entertainingly -- Tim Blanning * Literary Review * Admirably lucid ... a perceptive and detailed account ... constantly enlightening commentary -- Lucy Beckett * Tablet *show more

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After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece. Economistshow more

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