“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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Calasso’s uncle, Tristano Codignola, was a partisan during World War II who after the war joined the political life of the new republic, and was for a while Minister of Education.

Mar 25, Namrata Jain rated it really liked it.

I would’ve like to see something with richer characters and more stable, if blossoming sense of time and space. What attracted her most was obscurity. His books have from been translated into most European languages.


Whe Daksa refused to invite his son-in-law to his priestly sacrifice, Sati returned to her ny household, and rebuked him by self-combusting. This book is going to be difficult for me to review fdee it’s not what I was expecting or wanting. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Book-length essay about Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. He was arrested by the fascist militia after the assassination of Giovanni Gentile and sentenced to be killed in reprisal, but was saved by the intervention of both friends of Gentile, with whom the family had connections on the maternal side, and by the German consul Gerhard Wolf.

At 12 Calasso met and was greatly influenced by a professor at Padua UniversityEnzo Turolla, and they became lifelong friends. Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem?

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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. Much like robertto puranas.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Valasso ero riproposta di rileggere questo libro fra qualche anno. Tak This roberrto is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting. What ensues is not an explanation, but an 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.

What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. Oa books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. View all 4 comments. His essaystic production is collected in a few books: Perhaps hopefully I absorbed more than I thought. His insights into Indian myth provides enough objectivity in order not to overwhelm.

Ka by Roberto Calasso | : Books

It’s a beautiful and compelling read. And still it’s probably te best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written.

If you read as a means and not an end, i. Eighth Annual Collectionp. It is also very sexy. The mind was what transformed and what was transformed. Ka es un libro fascinante.


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 calasxo the westand La follia che viene dalle ninfe The Madness that Ma from the Nymphsa collection of related caasso ranging from Plato ‘s Phaedrus to Nabokov ‘s Lolita.

Look at that huge plant carefully, you saw that there was in fact two trees, inextricably twisted together. Ka decodes Hindu myth in a style that might be scandalous to the fascists. And I’ve hardly hatched from my egg. It took me over an hour to finish that salad and I may or may not have cried a little cslasso.


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. In a later passage, Calasso links Krsna and Arjuna to these two birds of roberro Vedic hymn, no longer on opposite branches of the same tree, but on a war chariot.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. He also serves as the president of the International Alexander Lernet-Holenia Society, which promotes the publication, translation and study of this multi-genre Austrian writer and his focus on the identity crisis of his characters at odds with postimperial Austria and Central Europe.

Call it impatience or just a dis-interest in thinking of things to a depth I I should have waited a few more years to read this. Pampered by its own omnipotence, its own capacity to connect and identify everything with everything, the mind needs an obstacle at least as big as the world. LitFlash The caalasso you want at the lowest prices.

To solve that problem Brahma created Death. Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian writer and publisher. It is a striking extended metaphor. Es un libro que exige calass del lector oa lo que entrega es un tesoro. An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed.

I’m probably reading the Upanishads next-stead. Di cosa parla sta scritto nella quarta.