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Roberto Calasso was born in Florence in 1941. In 1962 he joined a small group of people led by Roberto Bazlen and Luciano Foà and worked at creating a new publishing house. A year later Adelphi was born, and in 1971 Calasso became its managing director, in 1990 he was its at the head of the board and in 1999 its president. After the beginning of the Eighties, Roberto Calasso devoted himself to a book in various parts, of which five tomes have so far been published: La rovina di Kasch (1983), a composite book based on the figure of Talleyrand and a theory of sacrifice; Le nozze di Cadmo e Armonia (1988), an overview of Ancient Greece analysed through the narration of some of its myths, in their intertwining with history, the country’s schools of thought and literature; Ka (1996), a book in which the same procedure used for Nozze is applied to India, from the Veda to Buddha; K. (2002), on Kafka’s work; Il rosa Tiepolo (2006), which is about Giambattista Tiepolo. In the year 2000 is was a visiting professor in Oxford, where he held the Weidenfeld Lectures later collected in La letteratura e gli dèi (2001). For Le nozze di Cadmo e Armonia, translated into twenty-three languages and with five hundred thousand copies already sold in Italy, he received 1991 the Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. In 1993 he was appointed a Literary Lion, in New York, and in 2000 became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Roberto Calasso’s books have been translated into 25 languages in 26 countries.
 
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