Roberto Calasso: ‘I had a rather dramatic childhood’


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The Italian writer, translator and publisher talks about his latest book surveying the modern world, his love of myths – and the problems presented by his personal library

Roberto Calasso was born in Florence in 1941 and is the author of many books, including the international bestseller The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which is being reissued as a Penguin modern classic this month. His new book, The Unnamable Present, is the ninth part of a series exploring myth and modernity. Described by the Paris Review as a “literary institution of one”, Calasso is also a translator, rare book collector and head of Italian publishing house Adelphi Edizioni, where he has worked since 1962 and published authors including Jorge Luis Borges, Bruce Chatwin and Milan Kundera.

The Unnamable Present is part of a series capturing the spirit of the times – why unnamable?
Being unnamable is the first ...