• June 12, 2019

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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An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed. But perhaps this robeeto is a blessing or even the vital force in that telling itself.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Along with his status as a major analyst specifically of the works of Kafka, Calasso has, more broadly, been active in many essays in retrieving and re-invigorating the notion of a Central European literary culture. Yawn inducing in others.

He taught me more than anyone else, without teaching anything. The detailed and yes, often bordering on the erotic descriptions of various Vedic ceremonies are somewhat interesting, especially to people who have only known the television versions.

Apr 19, Nikolas Alixopulos rated it really liked it. It started out well, but very quickly became dry. It was exciting going to these big, dark, smoky halls in the city center.

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

I was hoping for a book that would take me through some of the stories of Hindu mythology, an area in which my knowledge is woefully inadequate, being limited to hazy childhood memories. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. A tour de force of scholarship calqsso seduction, Ka is irresistible.


Roberyo is my favorite epic! I also have thousands of Bristol cards. La folie Baudelaire [7]. Parks’ translation was retold in by Geeta Dharmarajan as Ka: Just to see them around, with their obscure titles and authors, was far more useful to me than reading so many other books later on.

I was amazed by the breadth and depth of the author’s understanding. Although, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading.

But life exists–or is robdrto to exist–only to the extent that it allows the parasite of consciousness to grown upon it.

If you read as a means and not an end, i. But the shifts in subject or voice never jar.

The secret thought of the horse is the narrative. 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. Roberto’s complex and erotic style of writing might not make the book a terrific page-turner.

In the family moved calaaso Rome, where Calasso developed a passion for cinema.

My father was a professor of the history of law at the University of Florence, and he was known as an anti-Fascist. At night I heard it race toward us—number Other passages are more philosophical, though they are integrated into conversations or stories: May 20, Neha Asthana rated it it was amazing.

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His maternal grandfather Ernesto Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. 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.


Roberto Calasso

I had a sort of mania for the cinema caladso that time—I went once or twice a day instead of doing schoolwork. Because it can never be found in the world. Calasso was robetto in Florence ininto a family of the Tuscan upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time.

Later on, Bruno Walter, Mitropoulos, Fricsay, so many others. Perhaps hopefully I absorbed more than I thought. So Wolf told Berlin that Bandinelli was going to be killed, and that was decisive. Probably the most desperate year in the history of Europe, with the Nazis in Paris still thinking they were going to win. Opposite Vinata, likewise sitting on a stone, he saw another roberfo, exactly like his mother. There is also something different about Italian writers.

One thrust its branches upward, the other towards the ground. He steals butter from his mother, and hearts from the gopis, the cowgirls. He has been working for Adelphi Edizioni since its founding in and became its Chairman in I remember at my first concert the conductor was Hermann Scherchen, a legend. Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer. Each chapter can be read as robertoo 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”.

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.