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La locura que viene de las ninfas

La locura que viene de las ninfas

by Roberto Calasso
     
 

The Greeks did not think of madness as pathological, but instead as a divine possession, a type of knowledge and the possibility of happiness. The title essay in this book unveils the source of the most primal possession, the erotic one, caused by nymphs whose sudden and delirious rapture makes prisoners of men. For Calasso, possession is not exclusive to the

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The Greeks did not think of madness as pathological, but instead as a divine possession, a type of knowledge and the possibility of happiness. The title essay in this book unveils the source of the most primal possession, the erotic one, caused by nymphs whose sudden and delirious rapture makes prisoners of men. For Calasso, possession is not exclusive to the ancient world, and, beyond the erotic, it is a perennial phenomenon that is experienced during life’s most basic and commonplace moments. Aby Warburg’s delirium for the nymph of Ghirlandaio, Humbert Humbert’s for Lolita in Nabokov’s novel, Kafka’s attraction towards Frau Tschissik, but also the passions and raptures that in and of themselves motivate Alfred Hitchcock’s metaphysics, John Cage’s void, Elias Canneti’s work, and Calasso’s own edition, are all examples of possession.

Los griegos no consideraban la locura como patología, sino como posesión divina, una forma de conocimiento y una posibilidad de felicidad. El ensayo que da título a este libro desvela el origen de la posesión primigenia, la erótica, provocada por las ninfas, de cuyo súbito y delirante rapto son presos los hombres. Pero para Calasso la posesión no es exclusiva al mundo antiguo y, más allá de lo erótico, es un fenómeno perenne que se experimenta en los aspectos más elementales de la vida. El delirio de Aby Warburg por la ninfa de Ghirlandaio, el de Humbert Humbert por la pequeña Lolita en la obra de Nabokov, la atracción de Kafka por Frau Tschissik, pero también las pasiones y arrebatos que por sí solos alientan la metafísica en Alfred Hitchcock, el vacío en John Cage, la obra de Elias Canetti, y la edición en el propio Calasso, son todos ejemplos de posesión.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788496867178
Publisher:
Sexto Piso Editorial
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Series:
Clasicos Sexto Piso
Edition description:
Spanish-language edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Roberto Calasso is an Italian essayist, editor, translator, writer, and publisher. He is the author of Literature and the Gods and The Forty-Nine Steps.

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