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Rafael Argullol

The Hero and the Only One

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Acantilado

January 2008

480 pages

Essay, Human Studies

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Portuguese (Nova Vega)

Original Title: El Héroe y el Único

In The Hero and the Only One, Rafael Argullol sets foot within the brilliant conceptual world of Romanticism, concentrating on an essential element in the Romantic notion of man: the relationship between the figure of the hero, the epitome of human beings, as such, and the tragic horizon that is shown to be its origin. In order to do so, he takes as his interlocutors three decisive poets: Hölderlin, Keats and Leopardi, and follows the poetical-philosophical thread that unites them, relating it to the tragic wisdom of the Ancient Greeks. The result is not just an examination of the image of man in Antiquity or Romanticism, but a profound reflection on contemporary humanity within the context of the great Romantic question concerning freedom.

Praises

«The necessary distinction between Classicism and Romanticism forms an essential part of this work. It is the starting point for situating the distinction in the dialogue between Goethe and Eckermann».
Menene Gras, La Vanguardia

«This elegant book contains, like a reflection, a kind of self-portrait of the author and of the present time that is both disquieting and relaxing».
José María Valverde, El País

«This book rapidly turned into an emblematic work, another sign of the new appearance in Spain of a novel form of essay writing on ideas which, making use of aesthetic reflection as its preferred method, impressed an original twist of modernity into the ways of doing philosophy».
José Jiménez, El Mundo de los Libros

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Acantilado

January 2008

1 pages

Essay, Human Studies

Translation Rights

Portuguese (Nova Vega)