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Ardor

(2014)
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In a meditation on the wisdom of the Vedas, Roberto Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world

In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called "a literary institution," explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people, who lived more than three thousand years ago in northern India: They left behind almost no objects, images, or ruins. They created no empires. Even the soma, the likely hallucinogenic plant that appears at the center of some of their rituals, has not been identified with any certainty. Only a "Parthenon of words" remains: verses and formulations suggesting a daring understanding of life.
"If the Vedic people had been asked why they did not build cities," writes Calasso, "they could have replied: we did not seek power, but rapture." This is the ardor of the Vedic world, a burning intensity that is always present, both in the mind and in the cosmos.
With his signature erudition and profound sense of the past, Calasso explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that defines the Vedas. Often at odds with modern thought, these texts illuminate the nature of consciousness more vividly than anything else has managed to till now. Following the "hundred paths" of the Satapatha Brahmana, an impressive exegesis of Vedic ritual, Ardor indicates that it may be possible to reach what is closest by passing through that which is most remote, as "the whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further."

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Ardor
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-241-01176-0 / 978-0-241-01176-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Allen Lane
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November 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: Ardor
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-374-18231-0 / 978-0-374-18231-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: Ardor
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 0-374-53564-7 / 978-0-374-53564-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Ardor
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
ISBN: 1-84614-507-4 / 978-1-84614-507-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Kindle Editions

November 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Ardor
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Ardor
Author(s): Roberto Calasso
Publisher: Penguin
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