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The Fire and the Tale

9780804798716: Hardback
Release Date: 21st March 2017

9781503601642: Paperback
Release Date: 21st March 2017

Dimensions: 114 x 178

Number of Pages: 160

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics

Stanford University Press

The Fire and the Tale

Written by
Giorgio Agamben
,
Translated by
Lorenzo Chiesa
This latest collection of texts, which focus on the "mystery" of literature, as well as on language as a laboratory for conceiving an ethical-political perspective that places us beyond sovereign power, offer a window onto Giorgio Agamben's most current research.

Hardback / £41.00
Paperback / £14.99

What is at stake in literature? Can we identify the fire that our stories have lost, but that they strive, at all costs, to rediscover? And what is the philosopher's stone that writers, with the passion of alchemists, struggle to forge in their word furnaces? For Giorgio Agamben, who suggests that the parable is the secret model of all narrative, every act of creation tenaciously resists creation, thereby giving each work its strength and grace. The ten essays brought together here cover works by figures ranging from Aristotle to Paul Klee and illustrate what urgently drives Agamben's current research. As is often the case with his writings, their especial focus is the mystery of literature, of reading and writing, and of language as a laboratory for conceiving an ethico-political perspective that places us beyond sovereign power.

Giorgio Agamben is a contemporary Italian philosopher and political theorist whose works have been translated into numerous languages. His most recent title with Stanford University Press is The Use of Bodies (2016).