Real Presences has ratings and 26 reviews. Philippe said: It’s the first Steiner’s book I read. I had seen him on TV. It releases from this person a. by George Steiner First published January 1st Sort by. title, original date published, date Vere presenze (Paperback). Published by Garzanti. Results 91 – of Discover Book Depository’s huge selection of George-Steiner books Vere presenze George Steiner e la “vera presenza” del senso.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for vefe us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Real Presences by George Steiner. Real Presences by George Steiner. Or, is God always a real presence in the arts?

Steiner passionately argues that a transcendent reality grounds all genuine art and human communication. All the virtues of the author’s astounding intelligence and compelling rhetoric are evident from the first sentence onward. Yu, Journal of Religion Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please geeorge up. To ask other readers questions about Real Presencesplease sign up. Can Presenzee read this book online?

See 1 question about Real Presences…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 11, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing. It’s georgge first Steiner’s book I read. I had seen him on TV. It releases from this person a vege and a generosity which has those which know. Georges Steiner is a dynosaure.

He is the reflection of this culture mittel europa which was destroyed in the Second World War. His erudition is extraordinary, never pedant. His sense of humour punctuates his demonstrations. We feel clever when whe read him. I dipinti delle caverne sono riti talismanici e propiziatori eseguiti per trasformare l’incontro con lo strano e minaccioso brulicare delle presenze organiche in una fonte di riconoscimento e di beneficio mutuo.

Il continuum tra le due, la modulazione dall’una all’altra, sono la fonte della poesia e delle arti. Nov 30, Tom rated it it was amazing Shelves: Reading a George Steiner book, one is forced to take on the force of the entirety of the Western tradition. Fortunately, Steiner is so deft a writer that it feels less like the notes to a Great Books club and more like the personal musings of your favorite polyglot literature professor. In Real PresencesSteiner’s proposed task is enormous: Though his arguments are far from watertight, Steiner’s book represents a real prresenze to overcome the most influential intellectual force of our time, and does so in a very entertaining way.

Extraordinary Fellow his actual title at Cambridge! Jun 23, Robbie georgee it really liked it. I read this with a dictionary. The basic premise is good and well-argued: There is a transcendent reality that upholds all meaning. All creative acts are a wager presenae the existence of God. Mar 05, Georgd rated it did not like it. Picked it up on a whim. Made it to about page 67, though this one was getting churlish around the time Steiner dropped the ball on Rabelais.

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Bakhtin would have straight whooped ya ass, George. This shit is straight up dubious.

Dec 04, James rated it really liked it Shelves: George Steiner is a literary critic, one who is legendary dteiner his erudition, yet his message is not unlike Mr. Deploring the extent to which academic criticism has occluded the literature, the painting, the music that is its ostensible subject, he urges his readers to engage great works of art at firsthand, wrestling with their mysteries and their imperious demands.

In speaking of literature and art in general in this way, Steiner is challenging some of the most deeply entrenched assumptions of contemporary thought. Most emphatically, he is challenging the rejection of transcendence that pervades our culture, from the mandarin texts stekner deconstruction to the casual nihilism of sreiner and popular fiction. Part sermon, part argument, part celebration, Real Presences is an inspired and inspiring book.

Ultimately for me the message of transendence is key because that it the foundation of all the books that I consider great. Sep 05, John Schneider rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book expecting an erudite and engaging argument about how art relates to God; I discovered the best piece of rhetoric that I have read this decade.

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I say “rhetoric” not to denigrate Steiner’s work but to praise it for its excellent prose and pathos. Unlike so much written about the arts in particular and art in general, “Real Presences” justifies itself by the excellence of its presentation.

Steiner’s penetration into the interplay between art and the transcendent cannot be easily sum I read this book expecting an erudite and engaging argument about how art relates to God; I discovered the best piece of rhetoric that I have read this decade. Steiner’s penetration into the interplay between art and the transcendent cannot be easily summarized.

For Steiner is well aware that we live in an era that distrusts art precisely on account of its being revealed to be a human product. Steiner reveals that the the nihilism that infects our culture cannot be disproven on its own terms. Instead, one must reflect upon art in order to see how it is a “reverent struggle” between creature and creator. Accordingly, Steiner grapples with how to show that human creation relies upon and presupposes an act of creation by The Creator.

Anyone who wants to understand better how to reach God should read this work.

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Anyone interested in poetry, music, and artwork will likewise find much offered in “Real Presences. Jan 21, Joel rated it liked it Shelves: Some really compelling ideas. I’ve been reading a lot of books that put forth some kind of argument for the relationship between divinity — or at least faith, or just a religious structure — and language.


Most of them, like this one, seem to focus on literature I’m looking for a way to make it work with applied linguistics, or with a social practice view of languag Some really compelling ideas. I’m looking for a way to make it work with applied linguistics, or with a social practice view of language.

Not easy, since most contemporary theories about language are based on blithely secular or explicitly nonreligious thought. Still, I have a feeling I’m going to have to write a ‘notes toward postmodern Christian understanding of language’ someday.

Lord knows what it’ll be about. The author is Jewish, by the way. He once said “Marxism and Christianity are footnotes to Judaism. Feb 28, Robert Sloan rated it it was amazing.

One of the finest things I have read in years. A very slow read, but a joy to read with its style, artistic use of words, and its profound conclusions regarding the reality of transcendence for any assumptions regarding meaning in art–sculpture, literature, or music. Jun 15, Alex Stroshine rated it it was ok Shelves: Sep 20, Justin Bailey rated it it was amazing.

In the arts we encounter real meaning, real presences, and this means that encounters with art are fundamentally religious, calling forth a response of hospitality.

In part one, A Secondary City, Steiner mourns the triumph of criticism over creativity. From journalism to literary studies, everything is now secondary rather than primary experience.

Instead of the immediacy of encountering meaning in art; we prefer to discuss the many possible interpretations. Steiner vsre not against criticism: Part two expounds on what Steiner calls The Broken Contract. The contract here is between the word and the world. Steiner takes deconstructionism seriously; he writes: Without God, the transcendent ground for communicating meaning and feeling dissolves.

We are left with nihilism. Ptesenze reality is ultimately meaningful we must take on faith. Indeed, Steiner believes that we already take this on faith. In other words, communication happens; music moves us; in art we seem to encounter the presence of the other. Notwithstanding the instability of meaning, we speak and create because we implicitly believe that meaning and feeling can be successfully though not comprehensively conveyed. Every time we communicate, create or encounter art, we wager that language and artistic creation are meaningful, even if we cannot philosophically justify that meaning, or prove its ground.

This is what Steiner means when he says that we must assume God a transcendent Other in order to have meaning at all. God may or may not be there, but we must suspend disbelief and wager his existence in order to ground meaning in reality.