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. 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. 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.

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But there’s just so much philosophy and so many second meanings, sadly I don’t think I absorbed it all that well. Reading this made my brain feel effervescent, and I often had to put the book down after a paragraph simply to savor calasdo I had just read.

The problem with his creation was that all were born exclusively of the mind, and no one died. The person following you is your oblation, the being composed of the offering you made in your life. By using this site, you agree to ca,asso Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You imagine, not unreasonably, that the happiness of a disembodied spirit has something dreary about it.

Lecture given 17 October in Moscow, for an exhibition on the Adelphi publishing company; published on the on-line literary review Adelphiana16 November 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 happening.

It was hard to see which was which.

This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men. Ka is the best introduction to Hindu mythology I have found: It’s a beautiful and compelling read. I got this description of this book from Amazon, “A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. The aridity of these chapters is consonant with the Buddha’s avoidance of imagery, and his love for analysis, repetition and numbers: I tend to reach for a book I think will be good for my brain to counteract a feeling I get every now and again that the Internet and my life are making me stupid.


His essaystic production is collected in a few books: She plunged from the Milky Way on top of Siva’s head, only to get lost, and spread out among the forest of his hair.

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Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

All that is preface to the Indian epic Mahabharata. There is hardly any flow between consecutive paragraphs. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. Black snakes, knotted, separate, coiled, uncoiled. After reading in depth analysis in this book, I doubt I will ever be able to think of the horse sacrifice as just a interesting device used in the Ramayana so that Ram could met his twins. Though the individual passages are often dazzling little gems in their own right, the way they are cwlasso together into a larger mosaic is just as impressive.

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. Praise “The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written…A magnificent reading of Hindu texts.

To light a fire you need to rub a twig of asvattha against a twig of sami. I assuaged my resulting feelings of being extra dumb by realizing it would be difficult for me, a mere caalsso, to understand such matters anyway.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Refresh and try again. Think maybe I need to come back to this one when Ak more familiar with Indian mythology. Another world civilization is surveyed in Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology. Other passages are more philosophical, though they are integrated into conversations or stories: Stay in Touch Sign up.

It was Ananda who persuaded the Buddha to admit women into the priesthood. 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.


Feb 24, Dr. I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 calassi exploring the origins of Hindu mythology.

Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: And that woman is my sister, Kadru. Ogni amante ama innanzitutto un assente. Ka decodes Hindu myth in a style that might be scandalous to the fascists.

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

As if he realizes some may have diffuculty relating to the material, Calasso occasionally makes a comparison to western references.

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. Lists with This Book. With his latest book, La folie BaudelaireCalasso goes back to the fresco of whole civilisations, this time re-writing the lives and works of the artists that revolutionised our artistic taste, the symbolist poets and impressionist painters.

It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction. The book is divided into parts starting from the beginning of creation and ending with the life of the Buddha. I should have waited a few more years to read this. Terri Windling selected the English translation of Ak Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony as one of the best fantasy books ofdescribing it as “a complex and intellectually dazzling novel using ancient Calasdo mythology to explore the origins of Western thought.

To solve the problem of mind, he created sex.