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  • Published: 14 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141980720
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $30.00
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The Ring of Truth

The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung




A magnificent book by a famous author on perhaps the greatest of all musical works

Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated critics and devotees for over a century and a half. TheRing of Truth is an exploration of the drama, music, symbolism and philosophy of the Ring from a writer whose knowledge and understanding of the Western musical tradition are the equal of his capacities as a philosopher. Scruton shows how, through musical connections and brilliant dramatic strokes, Wagner is able to express truths about the human condition which few other artists have been able to convey so convincingly. For Wagner, writes Scruton, the task of art is to 'show us freedom in its immediate, contingent, human form, reminding us of what it means to us. Even if we live in a world from which gods and heroes have disappeared we can, by imagining them, dramatize the deep truths of our condition and renew our faith in what we are.'

  • Published: 14 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141980720
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $30.00
Categories:

About the author

Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He taught for twenty years in the department of philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, and is now Professor of Philosophy at Boston University, Massachusetts. He is the editor of the Salisbury Review. His works include Art and Imagination, The Aesthetics of Architecture, The Meaning of Conservatism, Sexual Desire, Modern Philosophy and The Philosopher on Dover Beach. He has written several works of fiction, including the highly acclaimed Xanthippic Dialogues.

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Praise for The Ring of Truth

Highly original and penetrating . . . tremendous

Tim Blanning, Literary Review

A rich, historical account . . . After reading this book, only the most unadventurous reader would turn down the chance to see Wagner's masterpiece

Economist

A brilliant gallop through the master's religious, musical and philosophical contexts

Sue Prideaux, Spectator

Scruton is one of the finest philosopher-musicians since Schopenhauer

Jonathan Gaisman, Standpoint

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