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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One can learn from Robert Calasso about fictionalising Hindu mythology without loosing unique way of story telling. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Florence. Jun 18, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. It reads more like a series of short-stories, so once you get past the fact that it is easier to sink into the stories themselves rather than the collective whole, it makes robero very good read.

The person following you is your oblation, the being composed of the offering you made in your life. With the same narrative calassi and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of calassk India.

However, it turned out to be more a setting out of some of the principles of Hindu philosophy, using some of the stories to hang that on to. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I must confess that I did struggle a lot with that, and a lot went sailing over my head.

Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself finish calassso. As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition.


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When the horse returned, it was strangled, and then the king’s first wife lay with the dead horse, its phallus introduced into her vulva. We were the closest friends. He was killed in front of a villa near Florence by two partisans. I really believe in reading the books at the right time in life to really enjoy them, and this got in a little early.

The soma in Chapter X is associated with knowledge, as conveyed through a parable strikingly similar to Plato’s cave. It seems like the author has attempted to mimic the storytelling style of the originals: The narrative wandered around like the horse. The man who was chosen to accompany him was Bianchi Bandinelli.

I was aware that Kali represents death and that Ganesha has the head of an elephant. Ka is the best introduction to Hindu mythology I have found: As if he realizes some may have diffuculty relating to the material, Calasso occasionally makes a comparison to western references.

Preview — Ka by Roberto Calasso. In Chapter XI, the soma is callasso to desire, imaged in circulating waters.

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The god accepted her offer, and united with her, making her a goddess. Certain writers or scholars, like Thomas Browne, believed that they were a secret language.

When the glossary proved to be equally confusing I gave up on that. He was ten years older than me, but we hit it off right away. Then, around three thirty, I go to Adelphi and I stay there until seven.

I would’ve like to see ccalasso with richer characters and more stable, if blossoming sense of time and space. There is a huge number of books Google has digitized, a treasure of which I take advantage every day. In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel.

Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

May 20, Neha Asthana rated it it was amazing. And sometime this would robeeto for weeks before I could return to it. Again, on the beginning of stories: 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.


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Looking for More Great Reads? He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. L’editoria come genere letterario. It was Ananda who feared death and lusted after women. Chapter XV, the final chapter, is a brief recapitulation of the themes: I have always written with a fountain pen.

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. The book is divided into parts starting from the beginning of creation and ending with the life of the Buddha.

Nov 02, Brooke Everett rated it it was ok. K restricts the focus to a single author, Franz Kafka ; this trend continues with Il rosa Tiepoloinspired by an adjective used by Proust to describe a shade of pink used by Tiepolo in his paintings. Probably the most desperate year in the history of Europe, with roerto Nazis in Paris calasos thinking they were going to win.

He begins with a mystery: The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, his third book, has been translated into 12 languages.