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“A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.” –The New York Times Book Review “So brilliant. 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.

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I would’ve like to see something with richer characters and more stable, if blossoming sense of time and space. I should have waited a few more years to read this. And that woman is my sister, Kadru.

rkberto Also by Roberto Calasso. Having read cxlasso reviews that have already been posted, it is clear to me that there is no more to be said other than this work is phenomenal. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone story which could make the over-all book slightly disjointed. No motive is ever suggested,” remarks a puzzled Geldner in a note on the only Byy hymn in which Indra’s attack on Usas’s chariot is briefly described.

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. 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. They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to.


Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Kx eccellente ed interessantissimo viaggio attraverso la Filosofia indiana sulla riga del concetto d “Soma”. As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition.

The language is extremely dense and author has freely used metaphors and interrogatives, causing a near soporific effect. You can open up any body, any element, with the finest of metal points, you can turn everything inside out and expose all that has been hidden, until matter becomes a whirr of dragonflies.

Robberto Garuda looked around. Learn more about Amazon Prime. When asked by the gods why bother with another mode of production, Brahma answered, “To preserve the world’s gloss.

It is a striking extended metaphor. Ka is a great book about the gods and religious practices of rberto India. He was sneaking a look at their love-making before chased away by Parvati.


Telling a story is a way of having things happen at the highest possible speed, that of the mind. View all 4 comments. The book reads like poetry. The Parasite of Consciousness Calasso retells the Indian myths in this book, and makes them gripping, probing and mysterious. A magnificent reading of Hindu texts. But the shifts in subject or voice never jar. One can learn from Robert Calasso about fictionalising Hindu mythology without loosing unique way of story telling.

But cannot be done in a day.

However, the book reasons out a lot of stories in Hindu myth with a very calaxso idea. No trivia or quizzes yet. Explore the Home Gift Guide. We are their slaves. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Opposite Vinata, likewise sitting on a stone, he saw another woman, exactly like his mother. But that is not the case.


: Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India (): Roberto Calasso: Books

Want to Read Currently Robefto Read. Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself finish it.

Because it can never be found in the world.

Feb 24, Dr. Exhausting, to digest and experience the prose. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ogni amante ama byy un assente. No one will read it without reward. In Calasso published La follia che viene dalle ninfea collection of essays on the influence of the nymph in literature, which is discussed through authors ranging from Plato to Nabokov.

The chapters are ordered — proceeding from the creation of the world to the Buddha, framed by Garuda and Ka — but the weave is loose and Ka doesn’t have to be read cover-to-cover to be appreciated. Dec 30, Jee Koh rated it it was amazing. And not just because of its length: Chapter XV, the final chapter, is a brief recapitulation of the themes: