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By Pascal Quignard, Translated by Miguel Morey, Translated by Carmen Pardo

Narrativa Sexto Piso


96 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Trade Paper, $19.95 (US $19.95) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: May 2012

ISBN 9788496867819

Rights: US & CA

Sexto Piso Editorial (May 2012)

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In a philosophical treatise nominally about music but applicable to society as a whole, Pascal Quignard analyzes the little-known ancient Greek myth of Butes, one of the famous Argonauts who sailed to find the Golden Fleece and was known principally for having been the only one of his company to succumb to the deadly song of the Sirens. In contrasting Butes' decision—or compulsion—to jump out of his boat with the stories of Orpheus, who neutralized the Sirens’ song with his lyre, and Odysseus, who had himself bound hand and foot, the author points to a larger dichotomy between an instinctive, almost nihilistic musical style and a more moderate—though perhaps more stagnant—form. The argument can be expanded further to juxtapose an anarchic freedom with an existence tightly constrained by social norms. En un tratado filosófico que es nominalmente sobre la música pero que se puede aplicar al conjunto de la sociedad, Pascal Quignard analiza el cuento griego poco conocido de Butes, uno de los famosos argonautas que zarparon en busca del vellocino de oro y quien era reconocido principalmente como el único de su compañía en sucumbir a la mortal canción de las sirenas. Contrastando la decisión—o compulsión—de Butes por arrojarse de su nave con las historias de Orfeo, quien con su lira neutralizó el cantar de las sirenas, y de Ulises, quien se hizo atar de pies y manos, el autor señala una gran dicotomía entre un estilo de música instintivo y casi nihilista y un tipo más moderado, aunque quizás más anquiloso. El argumento se puede expandir aún más para yuxtaponer una libertad anárquica con una existencia condicionada por formas sociales.

Author Biography

Pascal Quignard is a French essayist, novelist, and poet and one of the founders of the Baroque Opera Festival in Versailles. Miguel Morey is a philosophy professor at the University of Barcelona, an essayist, and a translator of Deleuze and Foucault. He is the author of Camino de Santiago, Deseo de ser piel roja, Lectura de Foucault, and El orden de los acontecimientos. Carmen Pardo is a musicologist, an editor, and a professor of musical history at the University of Girona in Spain.