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  • Published: 31 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141988023
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

The Unnamable Present




A strikingly original and provocative vision of our times, from from one of Europe's pre-eminent writers

Tourists, terrorists, secularists, hackers, fundamentalists, transhumanists, algorithmicians: in this book Roberto Calasso considers the tribes that inhabit and inform the world today. A world that feels more elusive than ever before.

Yet once contrasted with the period between 1933 and 1945, when the world made a partially successful attempt at self-annihilation, the new millennium begins to take on an unprecedented form. What emerges is something illusory, ever-shifting and occasionally murderous: the unnamable present.

This book, the ninth part of a work in progress,is a meditation on the obscure and ubiquitous process of transformation happening in societies today, where distant echoes of Auden's The Age of Anxiety give way to something altogether more unsettling.

  • Published: 31 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141988023
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

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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