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  • Published: 28 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241296745
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $49.99

The Celestial Hunter




A literary exploration of a landmark moment in evolution: when humans became the hunter rather than the prey.

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.

  • Pub date: 28 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241296745
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $49.99

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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