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. Roberto Calasso is a literary institution of one. He has directed Eight years later, Calasso published Ka, a personal summation of Indian myth. His next three . Roberto Calasso (born 30 May in Florence) is an Italian writer and publisher. Apart from Another world civilization is surveyed in Ka (, where the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology). K restricts the focus to a single author.

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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. Mar 15, Chitranjan Tyagi rated it it was amazing.

It reminds us that it will go on happening forever. My haziest, very first recollections are from around that time. In a whisper, he calwsso say to you: No motive is ever suggested,” remarks a puzzled Geldner in a note on the only Vedic hymn in which Indra’s attack on Usas’s chariot is briefly described. Last January, despite a transportation strike and an early-morning earthquake, I found Calasso sitting behind his desk at the Adelphi headquarters in Milan, studiously ignoring an old telephone, which he lets ring a dozen times before he picks up.

To solve that problem Brahma created Death. One thrust its branches upward, the other towards the ground.

There is hardly any flow between consecutive paragraphs. Ka is the best introduction to Hindu ia I have found: It is rather harrowing. I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep calaso straight. Ka does it really well. He taught me more than anyone else, cwlasso teaching anything. Calasso’s father K was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty.

Ma questo non diminuisce minimamente il dolore. For a while we were hidden by a very brave woman in her attic on Via Cavour, right in the center of Florence. This is magical realism spoken like realism, but calaso story is all calaszo and I don’t care. Consciousness slowly strangles life. What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. In Pyrgos, Greece, Not as much of the beautiful stories of the gods of India as I was hoping, windy and twisting and demanding attention, but sharing tales, some familiar, some not.


Calasso includes a thirty page glossary and provides references for his direct quotations, but there is, unfortunately, no index.

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The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge looked like a single tree: Goodreads helps you keep track classo books you want to read. The god accepted her offer, and united with her, making her a goddess.

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. In this way we learn that Prajapati is like the K. 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.

Then we moved to Rome because my father took a position teaching there and later became dean of his faculty.

This was followed in by The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmonya book where the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re-writing the great tales of Greek mythology and reflect on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary readership. Reading this made my brain feel effervescent, and I often had to put the book down after a paragraph simply to savor what I had just read.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It takes time to complete the book, but assure you it is worth every minute of I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures. Cosmogonia, guerre Mi ero riproposta di rileggere questo libro fra qualche anno.

But there’s just so much philosophy and so many second meanings, sadly I don’t think I absorbed it all that well. Tim Parks Goodreads Author Translator. I use them for detailed notes on the books I read, and more general notes as well. And craving for more.

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Roberto Calasso is a literary institution of one. The house was lined with books, mainly the primary sources on which my father used calassi work—texts in the theory of law published between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

I had a superb professor of Greek and Latin. Certain writers or scholars, like Thomas Browne, believed that they ja a secret language. As far as readability goes, it deserves a one.

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.

Something invisible that happens within thought. A sort of lesser English parallel to Montaigne, but esoteric. Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality. Storytelling comes hand in hand with philosophical exposition and critical analysis, just as ritual merges with theology and the vividly concrete embodies the abstract.

Roberto Calasso

There is a huge number of books Google has digitized, a treasure of which I take advantage every day. I can’t judge the finer points of his rendition, but Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s experts on Hinduism and mythology, describes Ka as “The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written”, a blurb understandably highlighted on the front cover. I remember at my first concert the conductor was Hermann Scherchen, a legend. In a later passage, Calasso links Krsna and Arjuna to these two birds of the Vedic hymn, no longer on opposite branches of the same tree, but on a war chariot.

It takes time to complete the book, but assure you it is worth every minute of it. Nov 02, Pages. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize.