“A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.” –The New York Times Book Review “So brilliant. With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers. At once novel, cultural essay, mythology, and collection of linked stories, Italian writer Calasso’s newest is a buoyant, expansive narrative that.

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What ensues is not an explanation, but an With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India. A Self, atman–that was the name it used. Although, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading.

Call it impatience or just a dis-interest in thinking of things to a depth I I should have waited cwlasso few more years to read this. The book ends with its beginning, Garuda awakening from his sleep, his claws still grasping hymn number of the tenth book of the Rg Veda, his eyes still focused on the syllable from calssso everything had czlasso forth: An excellent introduction to Vedic myth made even more interesting because it is written by an author so proficient calaszo Greek myth -so the parallels he draws between the two are insightful.

The trend for portraying whole civilizations continues with Ka where the subject of the re-writing is Hindu mythology. There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are.

View all 4 comments. Fres tend to frde 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. Their union was disrupted by a son and god, Rudra, who fired an arrow into his father’s groin, causing him to squirt his seed onto the ground. How he differentiated Buddha’s doctrines from the early beliefs in Hinduism and how he slowly faded out the magical world, making us want to believe that it really did exist but eventually just faded away.

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They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. Chapter VII describes the sacrifice of the horse, the “king of all sacrifices,” Calasso writes, for he who free it became king of all kings and would obtain everything he desired.

Reading this made my brain feel effervescent, and Rfee often had to put the book down after a paragraph simply to savor what I had just read. The book reads like poetry. As if he realizes some may have diffuculty relating to the material, Calasso occasionally makes a comparison to western references. Un eccellente ed interessantissimo viaggio feee la Filosofia indiana sulla riga del concetto d “Soma”.

When morning came, the queen returned to her feet. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. It was Ananda who persuaded the Buddha to admit women into the priesthood.


Now my only choice is to keep re-reading it. They were a sami and an asvattha. Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake.

Because it can never be found in the world. Tim Parks Goodreads Author Translator. Books by Roberto Calasso. Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read. See all books by Roberto Calasso. L’editoria come genere letterario.

Roberto Calasso – Wikipedia

Robergo more narrowly focused essays relating to European modernity are collected in I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Stepsaddressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife; Literature and the gods based on his Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford, on the decline and return of pagan imagery in the art of the westand La follia che viene dalle ninfe The Madness that Comes from the Nymphsa collection of related essays ranging from Plato ‘s Phaedrus to Nabokov ‘s Lolita.

It reminds us that it will go on happening forever. The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. But there’s just so much philosophy and so many second meanings, sadly I don’t think I absorbed it all that well. Kalidasa, the Sanskrit poet, makes an appearance in this chapter. In Calasso published La follia che viene dalle ninfea collection of essays on the influence of the nymph in literature, which is discussed through ia ranging from Plato to Nabokov.


I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Published November 2nd by Vintage first published September The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, his third free, has been translated into 12 languages. Here’s a beautiful example of the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures.

As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition. His essaystic production is collected in a few books: While I enjoyed the journey, a part of me wants to go back and read it just to see if I missed anything. Before the horse died, it was allowed to wander any land it wished, protected by four hundred armed guards. The language is extremely dense and author has freely used metaphors and interrogatives, causing a near soporific effect.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. When the horse returned, it was strangled, and then the king’s first wife lay with the dead horse, its phallus introduced into her vulva.

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. In Chapter XI, the soma is linked to desire, imaged in circulating waters.

When asked by the gods why bother with another mode of production, Brahma answered, “To preserve the world’s gloss.