“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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The aridity of these chapters is consonant with the Buddha’s avoidance of imagery, and his love for analysis, repetition and numbers: The book is divided into parts starting from the beginning of creation and ending with the life of the Buddha.

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And sometime this would last for weeks before I could return to it. It started out well, but very quickly became dry. I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read.

Es un libro kw exige mucho del lector porque lo que entrega es un tesoro. This is magical realism spoken like kx, but the story is all magical and I don’t care.

The story of the Buddha’s awakening is a well-trodden path, and Calasso adds little that is new. The mind desired, with a desire that was “continuous, diffuse, undefined. So the most beautiful of Apsaras, Urvasi, distracted the gods Mitra and Varuna from their ritual, and so was cursed to fall in love with a mortal, Pururavas.

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And craving ma more. As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic traditi What Calasso did with western classical mythology in The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony he also does with Indian mythology.

No one will read it without reward. A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible.

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 robertto focus on the identity crisis of his characters at odds with postimperial Austria and Central Europe.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Some of the most beautiful prose I have read, let alone in what appears to be a non-fiction book, though that is robsrto impossible qualification considering it is exploring the origins of Hindu mythology.

His maternal grandfather Ernesto Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. Again, on the beginning of stories: Codignola created a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Ia, just like his Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer. Sati is, of course, the immolation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre. It was great to read the interpretation of an outsider.


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? As freee as readability goes, it deserves a one. Also in Vintage International. During the wait, stories pariplavas of the deeds of gods and kings were endlessly recited. I should have waited a few more years to read this.


As a westerner I doubt Robertl can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition. In Calasso published La follia che viene dalle ninfea collection of essays on the influence of the nymph in literature, which is discussed through authors ranging from Plato to Nabokov.

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

Think maybe I need to come back to this one when I’m more familiar with Indian mythology. You can open up any body, any element, with the finest of metal points, you can turn everything inside out and expose all that has been hidden, until matter becomes a whirr of dragonflies. The mind was what transformed and what was transformed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Telling a story is a way of having things happen at roerto highest possible speed, that of the mind. Roberto Calasso,by Erling Mandelmann.

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The problem seems to be the lack of stories, the emptiness of characters. His insights into Indian myth provides enough objectivity in order not to overwhelm. Return to Book Page.