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  • Published: 18 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141978482
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $12.99

The Art Of The Publisher




From whether you can judge a book without its cover to a future of universal digitization, and from the most beautiful book ever printed to the elusive notion of quality, Calasso creates a vision of publishing as 'a literary work in itself, belonging to a genre all its own'. 

'All the books published by a certain publisher could be seen as links in a single chain'
In this fascinating memoir and manifesto the author and publisher Roberto Calasso meditates on the art of book publishing. With his signature erudition and polemical flair, Calasso transcends Adelphi to look at the publishing industry as a whole, from the essential importance of graphics, jackets and cover flaps to the consequences of universal digitization. And he outlines what he describes as the 'most hazardous and ambitious' profile of what a publishing house can be: a book comprising many books, akin to that of other twentieth-century publishers, from Giulio Einaudi to Roger Straus, of whom the book offers brief portraits.

  • Pub date: 18 November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141978482
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Author

Roberto Calasso

Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi. He is the author of The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which was the winner of the Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Literature and the Gods, Ka and K.

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