The sacred literature of Hinduism is traditionally divided into two “families.” In the older of the two are the books of revelation, held in highest. In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel. Each of its fourteen chapters. KA. Stories of the Mind and Gods of India. by Roberto Calasso In crisply written prose, Calasso (The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony.

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It seems like the author has attempted to mimic the storytelling style of the originals: Taking the book in its own right then, there’s a lot of dense material here. Alas, he died some time ago. You imagine, not unreasonably, that the happiness of a disembodied spirit has something dreary about it. But in the end, what did they have to lose, given that their lives were so futile? Something that adds a new quality to thought: In his most recent work, Ardorethe author returns to India for an exhaustive analysis of the theory and practice of Roerto sacrifice and its significance for post-modern epistemology.


His maternal grandfather Ernesto Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. We were able to go to the Teatro Comunale every Sunday because he had three orchestra places, and he would take us boys. Preview — Ka by Roberto Calasso.

We learn why Siva must carry his father’s skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king’s wife must copulate with a dead horse. Although, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading. I found all Hollywood genres alluring in their own ways.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso

That was the day on which Calssso told me that a publishing house was going to start where we might publish the books we truly liked. Mi ero riproposta di rileggere questo libro fra qualche anno. We are experiencing technical difficulties. It was the warmth, the hidden flame behind the bones, the succession and dissolution of shapes sketched on the darkness — and the sensation of knowing that was happening.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We are their slaves. Call it impatience or just a dis-interest in thinking of things to a depth I I should have waited a few more years to read this.

Book-length essay about Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The story of the Buddha’s awakening is a well-trodden path, and Calasso adds little that is new. The soma in Chapter X is associated with knowledge, as conveyed through a parable strikingly similar to Plato’s cave. There is also something different about Italian writers. Arjuna the archer was the bird that ate the berry, while Krsna the calssso watched, like the other bird, cwlasso eating.

It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction.

Along with his status as a major analyst specifically of the works of Kafka, Calasso has, more broadly, been active in many essays in retrieving and re-invigorating the notion of a Central European literary culture. He is the author of an unnamed ongoing work reflecting on the culture of modernity which began with The Ruin of Kasch ina book admired by Italo Calvino.

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A bit in the way of those Oxford dons who publish half a dozen articles in their lives. Oct 30, Pages Buy. Paperbackpages. In a glowing review of the book, Italo Calvino wrote that it dealt with two things: Eighth Annual Collectionp. Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself finish it. Doberto out its aerial roots, the asvattha slowly strangles the sami.

This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men. No trivia or quizzes yet. May 20, Neha Asthana rated it it was amazing. It was exciting going to these big, dark, smoky halls in the city center.

Naturally I postponed the end of my dissertation as long as I could.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

And each chapter is made up of vignettes ranging from short paragraphs to several pages ja length, which link together to form a coherent stream but to an extent can stand alone. Another world civilization is surveyed in Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology.


To capture Siva’s heart, Parvati left her royal life to practice tapas in the forest. Feb 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: The trend for portraying whole civilizations continues with Ka where the subject of the re-writing is Hindu mythology. A moment later Garuda could make out a thousand snakes’ eyes, coldly watching him. Probably the most desperate year in the history of Europe, with the Nazis in Paris still thinking they were going to win. Ka is the best introduction to Hindu mythology I have found: And the mind imagined that Self as having consistency.

Photography by Bruce Chatwinedited and introduced by Calasso. Last January, despite a transportation strike and an early-morning earthquake, I found Calasso sitting behind his desk at the Adelphi headquarters in Milan, studiously ignoring an old telephone, which he lets ring a dozen times before he picks up. His name was Enzo Turolla. All that is preface to the Indian epic Mahabharata. Cosmogonia, guerre, amori, metamorfosi, nomi che cambiano, rappresentazioni fantasiose e concettualmente efficaci, ecc.

This was followed in by The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmonya book where the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re-writing the great tales of Greek mythology and reflect on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary readership.

Dedicated to the French statesman Talleyrand, it was followed in by The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmonyin which the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re-telling the great tales of Greek mythology and reflecting on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary readership.

I use kx for detailed notes on the books I read, and more general notes as well.

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