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  • Published: 16 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241446720
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $65.00

The Book of All Books




A splendid reimagining of key stories from the Bible, from the renowned Italian writer, thinker and publisher

A man named Saul is sent to search for some lost donkeys and on the way is named king of his people. The queen of a remote African realm travels for three years with her entourage to meet the king of Jerusalem and pose him a few riddles. A man named Abraham hears a divine voice speaking words that reverberate throughout the Bible: 'Go away from your land, from your kindred and from the house of your father toward the land that I will show you'.

In The Book of All Books, Roberto Calasso weaves together stories of promise and separation from one of the founding texts of Western civilization. These tales of grace and guilt, of the chosen and the damned, cast many Biblical figures and indeed the whole book in a light as astonishing as it is disquieting.

As this is a work in translation any comment on the prose should be in this respect.

  • Published: 16 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241446720
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $65.00

About the author

Roberto Calasso

Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi. He is the author of The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, which was the winner of the Prix Veillon and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, Literature and the Gods, Ka and K.

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