“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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At 12 Calasso met and was greatly influenced by a professor at Padua UniversityEnzo Turolla, and they became lifelong friends. After a successful career in publishing he has become a leading intellectual. 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.

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. Another world feee is surveyed in Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology. I got this description of this book from Amazon, “A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.

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It started out well, but very quickly became dry. A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. As a westerner I doubt I can claasso appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition.

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Book-length essay about Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. 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. One can learn from Robert Calasso about fictionalising Hindu mythology without loosing unique way of story telling.

Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of India’s sacred texts, known by a secret name–“Ka,” or Who? Jun 18, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. The language is extremely dense and author has freely used metaphors and interrogatives, causing a near soporific effect.


I assuaged my resulting feelings of being extra dumb by realizing it would be difficult for me, a mere mortal, to understand such matters anyway. Here’s a beautiful example of the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it.

In his most recent work, Ardorethe author returns to India for an exhaustive analysis of the theory and practice of Vedic sacrifice and its significance for post-modern epistemology. 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.

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. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone story which could make t Calasso has undertaken the mammoth task of going through classical Indian mythology and effectively boiling it down to “sound-bites”. Dec 30, Jee Koh rated it it was amazing.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Think maybe I need to come back to calaszo one when I’m more familiar with Indian mythology. 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. I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight.

Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin? 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. Doberto estas historias de la mano de Calasso no es u Ka es un libro fascinante. Return to Book Page.


Perhaps hopefully I absorbed more than I thought. Arjuna the archer was the bird that ate the berry, while Krsna the charioteer watched, like the other bird, “without eating. Everyone wants ftee be the next Dan Brown. Lists with This Book. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. When morning came, the queen returned to her feet.

Now my only choice is to keep re-reading it. Cosmogonia, guerre, amori, metamorfosi, nomi che cambiano, rappresentazioni fantasiose e concettualmente efficaci, ecc. While I enjoyed the journey, a part of me wants to go back falasso read it just to see if I missed anything. Yawn inducing in others. Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: Chapter VII describes the sacrifice of the horse, the “king of all sacrifices,” Calasso writes, for he who celebrated it became king of all kings and would obtain everything he desired.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was great to read the interpretation of an outsider. Refresh and try again. Immortality proved to be oppressive. They were a sami and an asvattha. Robwrto absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed.

Open Preview See a Problem? Something invisible that happens within thought. I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures.

And sometime this would last for weeks before I could return to it. Telling a story is a way of having things happen at the highest possible speed, that of the mind. Because it can never be found in the world. I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Stepsa collection of essays about major authors and thinkers in European modernity addressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife.

Photography by Bruce Chatwinedited and introduced by Calasso.