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  • Published: 28 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241296769
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

The Celestial Hunter




An extraordinary tale of transformation from the renowned Italian writer, thinker and publisher

'When hunting began, it was not a man who chased an animal. It was a being that chased another being. No one could say with certainty who each of them were.'
Connecting Greek and Egyptian myth, the stories of poets, shamans and gods, Roberto Calasso takes us on a spellbinding voyage that traces the beginnings of our detachment from the animal world; from the landmark evolutionary moment in which humans became the hunter rather than the prey. Roaming through time and across cultures - from the Palaeolithic era to Turing's Machine - The Celestial Hunter delves into the crucible of all our stories: the source of human grief, guilt, resilience and redemption with which we have wrestled throughout history.

  • Published: 28 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241296769
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

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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