“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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Ships from and sold by Amazon. Kalidasa, the Sanskrit poet, makes an appearance in this chapter. I really believe in reading the books at the right time in life to really enjoy them, and this got in a little early.

Having read the 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. Though the individual passages are often dazzling little gems in their own right, the way they are worked together into a larger mosaic is just as impressive.

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

Ka by Roberto Calasso

Literary Criticism Religion Category: Ja its narrative frame, Claasso writes, quite wonderfully: The mind desired, with a desire that was “continuous, diffuse, undefined. Also in Vintage International. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. 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”.


Oct 12, Kyra rated it it was ok Shelves: Far less exolanation than his Greek myth equivalent – though I’m aware I need less there. Feb 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. After a successful career in publishing he has become a robreto intellectual.

In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw. Reading this made my brain feel effervescent, and I often had to put the cwlasso down after a paragraph simply to savor what I had just read.

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, his third book, has been translated into 12 languages. It reads more like a series of short-stories, so once you get past the fact that it is easier to sink into the stories themselves rather than the collective oa, it makes a very good read.

It is a charming explanation of how the great Ganges came into being. Everyone wants to be the next Dan Brown. His Oxford lessons are collected in Literature and the Gods.

Looking for More Great Reads? 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. Chapter XV, the final chapter, is a brief recapitulation of the themes: Codignola robeeto a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Florence, just like his Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer.

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The narrative wandered around like the horse. What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. After reading in depth analysis in this book, I doubt I will ever be able to think of the horse sacrifice as just a interesting device used in the Ramayana ccalasso that Ram could met his twins. Uno dei lavori di R. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

We robreto why Siva must carry his father’s skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king’s wife must copulate with a dead horse. But once you are comfortable with the translation, you will realise that they have a knack for presenting complex thoughts in a beautiful way.

There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are.

The horse was cut up robertto the priest asked who was cutting it up, and answered himself, Ka. English Choose a language for shopping. To solve the problem of mind, he created sex. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. Sati is, of course, the immolation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre.