Roberto Calasso and Jonathan Galassi


May 09, 2018

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Roberto Calasso discuss the work of Alberto Savinio in conversation with Jonathan Galassi, president of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni, the Milan editorial house that has over the last forty years embarked on a rigorous project to re-issue Alberto Savinio’s literary oeuvre. Adelphi has to date published some 23 books by the author including, in 1977, the Nuova Enciclopedia—a remarkable and highly original personal encyclopedia with entries ranging from the god Apollo to Josephine Baker, which Savinio worked on throughout the 1940s until his premature death in 1952.

Note: This program is the first of two evenings featuring Roberto Calasso at CIMA, co-presented with Farrar Straus and Giroux and with the support of the Maurice English Poetry Award.

On May 10, Calasso will discuss FSG’s newly issued edition of The Ruin of Kaschtranslated by Richard Dixon, with author Lila Azam Zanganeh. The book will be available for purchase and signing both evenings.


Roberto Calasso is the publisher of Adelphi Edizioni, and the author of books such as The Ruin of Kasch, The Marriage of Cadmus and HarmonyKaLa Folie BaudelaireThe Forty-nine Steps, and The Art of the Publisher, among others. He lives in Milan.

Jonathan Galassi is the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The author of three volumes of poetry and a novel, he is also highly regarded as a translator of Italian poetry, in particular the work of Eugenio Montale and Giacomo Leopardi.