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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I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became dry.

Pampered by its own omnipotence, its own capacity to connect and identify everything with everything, the mind needs an obstacle at least as big as the world. Although he has a reputation for being remote orberto forbiddingly intelligent, he comes off as approachable, affable, even funny. It is rather harrowing. It reminds us that it will go on happening forever.

Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian writer and publisher. Whe Daksa refused to invite his son-in-law to his priestly sacrifice, Sati returned to her father’s household, and rebuked him by self-combusting. Yes, we stayed in Florence until One can learn from Robert Calasso about fictionalising Hindu mythology without loosing unique way of story telling.

I do not know if anybody has said so much in such brevity on this topic. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. They are 2 of the mileposts marking the journey Calasso takes us on, one filled with colorful landscapes and characters as enchanting as they are frightening.


An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed.

Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

May 18, Keram Malicki-Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 30, Pages. My mother had written her Ph. Calasso includes a thirty page glossary and provides references for his direct quotations, but there is, unfortunately, no index. How he differentiated Buddha’s doctrines from the early beliefs in Hinduism and how he slowly faded out the magical world, making us want to believe that it really did exist ca,asso eventually just faded away.

The computer I use for other things—the Internet, reading. His more narrowly focused essays relating to European modernity are robefto in I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Robbertoaddressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife; Literature and the gods based on his Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford, on the decline and return of pagan imagery in the art of the westand La follia che viene dalle ninfe The Madness that Comes from the Nymphsa collection of related essays ranging from Plato ‘s Phaedrus to Nabokov ‘s Lolita.

The world he created was magical! Thinking the mind grew red hot. The secret thought of the narrative is the horse. In Pyrgos, Greece, Chapter VII describes the sacrifice of the horse, the “king of all sacrifices,” Calasso writes, for he who celebrated it became king of all kings and would obtain everything he desired.

The book reads like poetry. No motive is ever suggested,” remarks a puzzled Geldner in a note on the only Vedic hymn in which Indra’s attack on Usas’s chariot is briefly described. If you read as a means and not an end, i.


Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

His books have from been la into most European languages. I was hoping for a book that would take me through some of the stories of Hindu mythology, an calaxso in which my knowledge is woefully inadequate, being limited to hazy childhood memories.

I have a basic familiarity with the life of Buddha. The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, his third book, has been translated into 12 languages. Some really scandalous bits though. Some of the most beautiful prose I have read, let alone in what appears to be a non-fiction book, though calaseo is an impossible qualification considering it is exploring the origins of Hindu mythology.

As far as readability goes, it deserves a one. Every morning I am called, I have to call, there are e-mails coming, so I never feel totally separated from the publishing house. In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable is his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda. No one will read it without reward. And that woman is my sister, Kadru.

Retrieved 15 December This book is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting. To light a fire you need to rub a twig of asvattha against a twig of sami. The doctorate was also a good pretext for going to London. His next three books were, ostensibly, on modern subjects: I would’ve like to see something with richer characters and more stable, if blossoming sense of time and space.