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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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dalasso He lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi Edizioni. It’s a beautiful and compelling read. His family had a very charming house in Venice, and I used to go there often for long stays.

Ka does it really well.

There is also something different about Italian writers. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I tend to reach for a book I think will be good for my brain to counteract a feeling I get every now and again that the Internet and my life are making me stupid.

Robertp 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. But this book strings all the mythological tales together very intelligently and with a perspective that only someone with a wider perspective of human nature and thought processes can give.

Open Preview See a Problem? The person following you is your oblation, the being composed of the offering you made in your life. The book covered my years between four and seven.


There are sections of quite fast-moving narrative: Ogni amante ama calqsso un assente. Fortunately, Calasso’s beautiful writing transcends my ignorance. But my first precise memories are from a villa in San Domenico Fiesole, near Florence, where we stayed later on in the war.

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I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Steps aclasso, a collection of essays about major authors and thinkers in European modernity addressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife. Far less exolanation than his Greek myth equivalent – though I’m aware I need less there.

Nov 02, Pages Buy. In reprisal, three professors on a special list of anti-Fascists wanted by the government were arrested and condemned to death immediately afterward. A sort of lesser English parallel to Montaigne, but esoteric.

Certain writers or scholars, like Thomas Browne, believed that they were a secret language. Something invisible that happens within thought.

Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

Chapter IX recounts the story of the old rsis Cyavana who got the divine twins the Asvins to return him his youth, in exchange for a chance to win the favor of his wife, Sukanya. Yawn inducing in others.

In a country where intellectuals like to complain, perhaps more than elsewhere, that literary culture has fallen by the wayside, Calasso ja come to stand for a lost ideal: Chapter VII describes toberto 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.


And each chapter is made up of vignettes ranging from short paragraphs to several pages in rboerto, which link together to form a coherent stream but to an extent can stand alone. In his most recent work, Ardorethe author returns to India for an exhaustive analysis of the theory and practice of Vedic sacrifice and its significance for post-modern epistemology.

It seems like the author has attempted to mimic the storytelling style of the originals: My mother had written her Ph.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

In this way we learn that Prajapati is like the K. They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the ak of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. By now I have three Lettera 22s. If you read as a means and not an end, i. Alas, he died some time ago. Every morning I am called, I have to call, there are e-mails coming, so I never feel totally separated from the publishing house.