The Celestial Hunter

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. 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.

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'A poetic, erudite exploration of history and myth' Financial Times

An unforgettable journey through centuries and across cultures to the pivotal moment in evolution - when humans did something that no species had yet tried - when we became the hunter and no longer the prey. Informed by Greek and Egyptian myth, the stories of poets, shamans and gods, Roberto Calasso's expansive exploration of our relationship to animals and sacrifice, encourages us to reframe our understanding of our place in history, and in the world.

'Calasso has created a much discussed original genre for these books ... a dense pastiche of myth, biography, criticism, philosophy, history and minutiae ... woven together by Calasso's unflagging vision' The New Yorker

Additional information

Weight 337 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 26 mm
Author

Calasso, Roberto

Publisher

Penguin Books

Imprint

Penguin Books

Cover

Paperback

Pages

464

Language

English

Edition

0

Dewey

109 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K