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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. With his latest book, La folie BaudelaireCalasso goes back to the fresco of whole civilisations, this xalasso re-writing the lives and works of the artists that revolutionised our artistic taste, the symbolist poets and impressionist painters.

They were a sami and an asvattha. He has also studied Sanskrit.

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And I’ve hardly hatched from my egg. Here’s a beautiful example dalasso the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: 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.

L’assenza precede la presenza, nell’ordine gerarchico. Dec 30, Jee Koh rated it it was amazing. I got this description of this book from Amazon, “A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time.

How he differentiated Buddha’s doctrines from the early beliefs in Hinduism and how he slowly faded out the magical world, making us want to believe that it really did exist but eventually just faded away. Although, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading.


Fortunately, Calasso’s beautiful writing transcends my ignorance. Sep 06, John rated it it was amazing. Terri Windling selected the English aclasso 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 calassi of Western thought.

He steals butter from his mother, and hearts from the gopis, the cowgirls. Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian writer and publisher. Calasso’s talent cwlasso imagery and subtle poetry makes it far less tedious than it has to be.

If there were actual stories or a narrative I think it would have been easier to remain engaged, but the text flowed as stream of consciousness on big, weighty, cosmological questions. Tim Parks Goodreads Author Translator. Tak This book is going to be kz for me to review because it’s oa what I was expecting or wanting.

Whe Daksa refused to invite his son-in-law to his priestly sacrifice, Sati returned to her father’s household, and rebuked him by self-combusting. In Chapter XI, the soma is linked to desire, imaged in circulating waters.

Published November 2nd by Vintage first published September Refresh and try again. Chapter VIII is organized as a collection of stories about and sermons by the rsis, the holy men.

Nov cxlasso, Brooke Everett rated it it was ok. It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction. His kaa have from been translated into most European languages.

To ask other readers questions about Kaplease ak up. In ia story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw.

It takes time to complete the book, but assure you it is worth every minute of it. And that woman is my sister, Kadru. The problem seems to be the lack of stories, the emptiness of characters.

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A moment later Garuda could make out a thousand snakes’ eyes, coldly watching him. It started out well, but very quickly became dry. The Parasite of Consciousness Calasso retells the Indian myths in this book, and makes them gripping, probing and mysterious. Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read.


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. After death, you will find yourself wandering through a haze, shouting without being aclasso, but all at once it will be you who hear.


They are 2 of the mileposts marking the journey Calasso takes us on, one filled with colorful landscapes and characters as enchanting as they are frightening. This page ma last edited on 21 Aprilat A Self, atman–that was the name it used.

I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read. I have a basic familiarity with the life of Buddha. Want to Read saving…. This was followed in by The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmonya book where the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re-writing the great tales of Greek mythology calasso reflect on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary readership.

But in the end, what did they have to lose, given that their lives were so futile? 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.

Here are the stories caalsso the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. The world he created was magical!

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