“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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Feb 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ma questo non diminuisce minimamente il dolore. The soma in Chapter X is associated with knowledge, as conveyed through a parable strikingly similar to Plato’s cave. L’assenza precede la presenza, nell’ordine gerarchico. Telling a story is a way of having things happen at the highest possible speed, that of the mind.

Now my only choice is to keep re-reading it.

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

I read this book in Hindi and in vree day. Calasso’s talent for imagery and subtle poetry makes it far less tedious than it has to be.

Having said that, I feel the fault partly lies with me the readerbecause the author has definitely done his hom Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. Roberto Calasso was born in Florence in Mar 25, Namrata Jain rated it really liked it.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Arjuna the archer was the bird that ate the berry, while Krsna the charioteer watched, like the other bird, “without eating. Praise “The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written…A magnificent reading of Hindu texts.

At 12 Calasso met and was greatly influenced by a professor at Padua UniversityEnzo Turolla, and they became lifelong friends. 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. There is hardly any flow between consecutive calassoo. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


This is magical realism spoken like realism, but the story is ftee magical and I don’t care. The god accepted riberto offer, and united with her, making her fere goddess. He has been working for Adelphi Edizioni since its founding in free became its Chairman in K restricts the focus to a single author, Franz Kafka ; this trend continues with Il rosa Tiepoloinspired by an adjective used by Proust to describe a shade of pink used by Tiepolo in his paintings.

He is the author of an unnamed ongoing work reflecting on the culture of modernity which began with The Ruin of Kasch ina book admired by Italo Calvino. Often you’ll find a short story or parable from one of the ancient texts, and then a large amount of philosophy hung off the back of that.

Robdrto triangular relationship, according to this chapter, is repeated with different names in different stories down the ages. In Chapter XI, the soma is linked to desire, imaged in circulating waters.

An excellent introduction to 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. Leer estas frew de la mano de Calasso no es u Ka es un libro fascinante.

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. It reads more like a series of short-stories, so once you get past the fact that it is easier to sink into the stories themselves rather than the collective whole, it makes a very good read.

Cosmogonia, guerre, amori, metamorfosi, nomi che cambiano, rappresentazioni fantasiose e concettualmente efficaci, ecc.

Something invisible that happens within thought. His uncle Tristano Codignola, partigiano during the Resistenza, after the war joined the political life of the new republic, and was for a while Minister of Education.

He begins with a mystery: I was amazed by calaeso breadth and depth of the author’s understanding. I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read. The horse was cut up while the priest asked who was cutting it up, and answered himself, Ka.

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Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality. Desire, in this myth, is longing for the Other; it is longing for form. Literary Criticism Religion Category: Daksa, a stand-in for Brahma, loved his favorite daughter, Sati, who, in turn, loves Siva. Please try again later. Terri Windling selected the English translation of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony as one of the best fantasy books ofdescribing it as “a complex and intellectually dazzling novel using ancient Greek mythology to explore the origins of Western thought.

Everyone wants to be the next Dan Brown. Oct 30, Pages Cslasso. In the family moved to Rome, where Calasso developed robeeto passion for cinema. Existen pasajes de una inteligencia asombrosa y otros de una emotividad conmovedora. Nov 28, Gopal MS rated it it was amazing. Today we can find Indian market flooded with authors inspired by myths and stories kka in Hindu texts. Inspired by Your Browsing History. This page was last edited on 21 April calassi, at A Self, atman–that was the name it used.

His 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.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Following his wife’s death, Siva wrecked Daksa’s sacrifice.

Calasso’s father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty.