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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The problem with his creation was that all were born exclusively of the mind, and no one died. Proust became a great love, and he is still one of the writers I return to often. If you read as a means and not an end, i. Rather astonishing when I think about calasos now. The secret thought of the horse is the narrative. Later on, Bruno Walter, Mitropoulos, Fricsay, so many others.

Roberto Calasso,by Erling Mandelmann. You imagine, not unreasonably, that the happiness of a disembodied spirit has something dreary about it.

As far as readability goes, it deserves a one. Now one is born dead and slowly has to come to life. Calasso expresses himself, in both Italian and English, with extreme precision and touching generosity. Because it can never be found in the world. Sometimes these cards contain fragments of my future books. Just to see valasso around, with their obscure titles and authors, was far more useful to me than reading so many other books later on. It was exciting going to these big, dark, smoky halls in the city center.


Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

I really enjoyed the stories, especially about how amrta was procured and of Krishna, Buddha and Mahabharata. Fascinating journeying through the book, I found myself wishing that it never ended, rather than getting roberti the end. Lecture given 17 October in Moscow, for an exhibition on the Adelphi publishing company; published on the on-line literary review Adelphiana16 November Oa 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.

He steals butter from his mother, and hearts from the gopis, the cowgirls. 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 which everything had issued forth: Certain writers or scholars, like Thomas Browne, believed that they were a secret language. Thinking the mind grew red hot. One thrust its branches upward, the other towards the ground.

By calqsso I rberto three Lettera 22s. To light a fire you need to rub a twig of asvattha against a twig of sami.

Calsso the first afternoon, we drew a conversation chart for the days to come. 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. His books have been translated roberfo most European languages.


Oct 12, Kyra rated it it was ok Shelves: A terribly lively, intelligent, quick woman named Maria Di Porto. The trend for portraying whole civilizations continues with Ka where the subject of the re-writing is Hindu mythology.

Hitler was enthusiastic about this guide and remembered him. Nov 02, Pages Buy. View all 4 comments. But a robertp bandage covered one eye. Something invisible that happens within thought. This calass a noble aim in itself, but it’s not what I was looking for. His name was Enzo Turolla. But my first precise memories are from a villa in San Domenico Fiesole, near Florence, where we stayed later on in the war.

It was the warmth, the hidden flame behind the bones, the succession and dissolution of shapes sketched on the darkness — and the sensation of knowing that was roberot. His father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty.

KA by Roberto Calasso | Kirkus Reviews

Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. Ka is the best introduction robero Hindu mythology I have found: Everyone wants to be the next Dan Brown. As if he realizes some may have diffuculty relating to the material, Calasso occasionally makes a comparison to western references.

He was ten years older than me, but we hit it off right away. This triangular relationship, according to this chapter, is repeated with different names in different stories down the ages.