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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And not just because of its length: Please try again later. Roberto Calasso,by Erling Mandelmann. This happens to me when I do not want to finish the book and after 6 months I am finally done. From then on, I always did the same things—reading, choosing, and preparing books.

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

It’s a beautiful rboerto compelling read. Tak This book is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting.

In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. Now my only choice is to keep re-reading it. When I was twelve I met the man who was to become the great friend of my life. 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.

By now I have three Lettera 22s. They were close friends. Jun 18, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. It was exciting going to these big, dark, smoky halls in the city center. I really believe in reading the books at the right time in life to really enjoy them, and this got in a little early. L’editoria come genere letterario.


Gentile was an important philosopher, but unfortunately he was very much involved with the Fascists. It has to be savoured over many nights.

In Pyrgos, Greece, It is also very sexy. Tim Parks Goodreads Author Translator. To solve the problem of mind, he created sex. 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.

He was killed in front of a villa near Florence by two partisans. A tour de force calasso scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible.

Oct 12, Kyra rated it it was ok Shelves: I also have thousands of Bristol cards. It was hard to see which was which. Nov 28, Gopal MS rated it it was amazing.

It was great to read the interpretation of an outsider.

So two sons of Gentile immediately went to the police to talk them out of killing these three men. Rather impressive folios, many of them, and mostly in Latin.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Difficult, dense, but probably rewarding, if you were willing to put more effort into it than I was. Exhausting, to digest and experience the prose. All that is preface to the Indian epic Mahabharata. The war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas is a “knot” and the books that make up the Mahabharata are called parvans, “knots”just one of the innumerable stitches in the weave of everything with everything.

KA by Roberto Calasso | Kirkus Reviews

My best friend was the son of a doctor who had a great passion for Wagner. Paperbackpages. Refresh and try again. Robdrto got this description of this book from Amazon, “A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. Calassso books in my room at the publishing house are what remains of the large and precious library he had—it was the library of a man who bought the novels of Kafka and Joyce when they appeared because they were the young writers around.


One of them was my father. The mind was what transformed and what was robrto. Everyone wants to be the next Dan Brown. His father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty. Storytelling comes hand in hand with philosophical exposition and critical analysis, just as ritual merges with theology and the vividly concrete embodies the abstract. Try as Calasso may, to show how the Buddhist teachings flow from, and react against, the Hindu myths, Chapters XIV is just not as interesting as the earlier ones.

Jun 23, Benjie Deford rated it it was amazing. Literary Criticism Religion Category: And still it’s probably te best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written. They were a sami and an asvattha. In a glowing review of the book, Italo Calvino wrote that it dealt with two things: I use them for detailed notes on the books I read, and more general notes as well. 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.

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