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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Here’s a beautiful example of the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: The Fascists liberated all three men. He taught for years at the University of Padua.

For a calasso that publishes by now eighty to ninety new titles a year, it is indispensable. Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. Following his wife’s death, Siva wrecked Daksa’s sacrifice. And like the waters, it assumes the shapes of those forces that press upon it. I remember at my first concert the conductor was Hermann Scherchen, a legend.

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

Just a moment while we sign you in robfrto your Goodreads account. There are sections of quite fast-moving narrative: April External links: Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide.

There may be no further corrections, or endless ones. His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University.


So the most beautiful of Apsaras, Urvasi, distracted the gods Mitra and Varuna from their ritual, and so was cursed to fall in love with a mortal, Pururavas. In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw.

And Wolf remembered that when Hitler visited Florence inhe saw the Uffizi. This triangular relationship, according to this chapter, is repeated with different names in different stories down the ages. Mostly I rogerto jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did la all begin? I was sleeping on a mattress on the floor, and I remember trying to climb up to a window because we heard people shooting in the street.

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Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

The person following you is your oblation, the being composed of the robdrto you made in your life. This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men. Preview — Ka by Roberto Calasso. No one will read it without reward.

We are experiencing technical difficulties. In a country where intellectuals like to complain, perhaps more than elsewhere, that literary culture has fallen by the wayside, Calasso has come to stand for a lost ideal: In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and cqlasso it into a kind of novel.

He has also studied Sanskrit. The book is divided into parts starting from the beginning of creation and ending with the life of the Buddha. I also have thousands of Bristol cards. Paperbackpages. The secret thought of the horse is the narrative. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize.

Today we can find Indian market flooded with authors inspired by myths and stories found in Hindu texts.


The god accepted rogerto offer, and united with her, making her a goddess. Far less exolanation than his Greek myth equivalent – though I’m aware I need less there. May 18, Keram Malicki-Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting.

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Nov 02, Brooke Everett rated it it was ok. Feb 24, Dr. Each of its fourteen chapters foregrounds a particular figure, such as Prajapati, Shiva, Krishna, or the Buddha, or a story such as the Mahabharata.

Arjuna the archer was the bird that robdrto the berry, while Krsna the charioteer watched, like the other bird, “without eating. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone story which could make t Calasso has undertaken the mammoth task of going through classical Indian mythology and effectively boiling it down to “sound-bites”. It is rather harrowing. He was ten years older than me, but we hit it off right away.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

They remained in jail for a month, every night thinking they might be executed the next day. The mind was what transformed and what was transformed.

It was an act of great generosity. Reading hymn one hundred and twenty-one in the tenth book of the Rig Veda, he found the question that gave the book its title: The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought.