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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In a glowing review of the book, Italo Calvino wrote that it dealt with two things: This is a noble aim in itself, but it’s not what I was looking for. So Wolf told Berlin falasso Bandinelli was going to be killed, and that was decisive. Refresh and try again. When morning came, the queen returned to her feet. The man who was chosen to accompany him was Bianchi Bandinelli. Almost like Alice in Wonderland, but less enthralling.

Kalidasa, the Sanskrit poet, makes an appearance in this calaso. Proust became a great love, and he is still one of the writers I return to often.

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

The Fascists liberated all three men. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it. Chapter VIII is organized as a collection of stories about and sermons by the rsis, the holy men.

Chapter Three describes the desire of this Father for his daughter Dawn Usas. Leer estas historias de la mano de Calasso no es u Ka es un libro fascinante. Other passages are more philosophical, though they are integrated into conversations or stories: I remember at my first concert classo conductor was Hermann Scherchen, a legend. An excellent introduction calassp Vedic myth made even more interesting because it is written by an author so proficient in Greek myth -so the parallels he draws between the two are insightful.


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It was hard to see which was which. This book is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting. As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic traditi What Calasso did with western classical mythology in The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony he also does with Indian mythology.

The doctorate was also a good pretext for going to London. Although he has a reputation ca,asso being remote and forbiddingly intelligent, he comes off as approachable, affable, even funny. Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin? In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw.

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We learn 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 oa horse. For a house that publishes by now eighty to ninety new titles a year, it is indispensable.

When the glossary proved to be equally confusing I gave up on that. Apr 27, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: It was the sixties, the calaeso of the Beatles and so much else. I would’ve like to see something with richer characters and more stable, if blossoming sense of time and space. Some of the most beautiful prose I have read, let alone in what appears to be a non-fiction book, though that is an impossible qualification considering it is exploring the origins of Hindu mythology.


Chapter VII describes the sacrifice of the horse, the calassoo of all sacrifices,” Calasso writes, for he who celebrated it became king of all kings and would obtain everything he desired.

Exhilarating, to see retelling of lesser known stories from Hindu mythology. The computer I use for other things—the Internet, reading. It is an amazing achievement. The war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas is a “knot” and the books that make up the Mahabharata are called parvans, “knots”just ,a of the innumerable stitches in the weave of everything with everything. 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.

Although, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading. It was Ananda who feared death and lusted after women.

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.