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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And still it’s probably te best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever roherto. Following their liberation, my father of course had to disappear, and so did we.


In reprisal, three professors on a special list of anti-Fascists wanted by the government were arrested and condemned to death immediately afterward.

Roberto’s complex and erotic style of writing might not make the book a terrific page-turner. 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. Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite robeerto He was sneaking a look at their love-making ccalasso chased away by Parvati.

Photography by Bruce Chatwin rogerto, edited and introduced by Calasso. Proust became a great love, and he is still one of the writers I return to often. And that woman is my sister, Kadru. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone story which could make the over-all book slightly disjointed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. Kw house was lined with books, mainly the primary sources on which my father used to work—texts in the theory of law published between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.

Its power arises in foberto through strong, vivid writing and in part through stunning, unexpected metaphors. But life exists–or is perceived to exist–only to the extent that it allows the parasite of consciousness to grown upon it.

Jun 18, James Murphy rated it it was amazing.

La folie Baudelaire [7]. But although she was very talented in her field, she preferred to care for her three children. It was hard to see which was which. But kz be done in a day. Calassk to Read saving….

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. I 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.

You robetro, not unreasonably, that the happiness of a disembodied spirit has something dreary about it. Preview — Ka by Roberto Calasso.

It takes time to complete the book, but assure you it is worth every minute of it. Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read. For a long time, this language was considered more important than the language of words.

He was also the founder of a publishing house, La Nuova Italia, which still exists. I began eagerly, frequently robreto back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight.

On opposite branches, at the same height, two birds could be made out, “inseparable friends. Think maybe I need to come back to this one when I’m more familiar with Indian mythology.


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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. At 12 Calasso met and was greatly influenced by a professor at Padua UniversityRboerto Turolla, and calssso became lifelong friends.

Books by Roberto Calasso. Return to Book Page. The books in my room at the publishing house are what remains of the large and precious library he had—it was the library of a man who bought the novels of Kafka and Joyce when they appeared because they were the young writers around. Fascinating journeying through the book, I found myself wishing that it never ended, rather than getting to the end.

Retrieved from ” https: His father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty.

Chapter Three describes la desire of this Father for his daughter Dawn Usas. On the ground before her, Garuda saw, lay a great tangle, slowly heaving and squirming. While I enjoyed the journey, a kq of me Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize.

Pushing out its aerial roots, the asvattha slowly strangles the sami. Among many other things. And he was also a favorite of my supervisor, Mario Praz.