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Lives of the Gods Paperback – January 31, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Atlas Press; First Edition edition (January 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947757287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947757281
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Savinio (1891-1952) takes liberties with classical myths, abuses footnotes in an almost postmodern fashion and includes a number of languages and heady allusions to unclothe humanity and civilization in this sly, cynical collection of surrealist short stories. In "Psyche" guests wander through "a sort of Musee Grevin, except for the fact that the figures are made of flesh instead of wax." Here Psyche has been reduced to a pitiful exhibit, surrounded by her own excrement and etched with the graffiti of passing tourists. She tells her story, a revision of the myth, and claims that her father was "First Pornographer to the Ministry of Mercy," the footnote wryly concluding that this is not a transposition for "stenographer." The combination of classical allusions and multiple languages recalls the work of Ezra Pound, without that poet's fascist bent. As in reading Pound, a few reference books and a dictionary may be useful (for instance, "The name 'Pard' . . . is nothing but an apocope . . . isn't 'Leopard' basically a pleonasm?"). These modernized myths, written decades ago by the brother of Giorgio de Chirico, retain their relevance and sting.
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…this sampling of Savinio’s fantastic tales amply confirms his skill as an amused manipulator of propositions, absurd, incongruous and surreal. -- Times Literary Supplement

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By molly moates on May 19, 2000
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This brazen collection of joyfully sinister short stories is appropriate to the melancholy, brooding atmosphere that is associated with the paintings of the author's brother, Giorgio de Chirico. Alberto Savionio (aka, Andrea de Chirico) was a master of lurid description. His prose triumphs over the mundanity of daily existance while simultaneously shoving in the reader's face the bleak and formless features of existential truth. All this in a highly entertaining, playfully obscene, and compact little collection. No lover of surreal literature (or surrealism in general) should be without this lip-smacking mental delicacy.
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By Zach McCraw on January 13, 2014
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Comprised of various short stories and plays from Savinio's career post-WW1. A great companion piece for his "Speaking to Clio," as a few of the journal entries from "S.T.C." appear in expanded form in "Lives of the Gods."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By molly moates on May 19, 2000
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This brazen collection of joyfully sinister short stories is appropriate to the melancholy, brooding atmosphere that is associated with the paintings of the author's brother, Giorgio de Chirico. Alberto Savionio (aka, Andrea de Chirico) was a master of lurid description. His prose triumphs over the mundanity of daily existance while simultaneously shoving in the reader's face the bleak and formless features of existential truth. All this in a highly entertaining, playfully obscene, and compact little collection. No lover of surreal literature (or surrealism in general) should be without this lip-smacking mental delicacy.
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