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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The god accepted her offer, and united with her, making her a goddess.

Jun 18, James Murphy rated it it was amazing. It was hard to see which was which. Their union was disrupted by a son and god, Rudra, who fired an arrow into his father’s groin, causing him to squirt his seed onto the ground. Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men.

It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction. Uno dei lavori di R. Nov 02, Pages.


Calxsso, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading. Want to Read saving…. At 12 Calasso met and was greatly influenced by a professor at Padua UniversityEnzo Turolla, and they became lifelong friends. The secret thought of the narrative is the horse.

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And like the waters, it assumes the shapes of those forces that press upon it. Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself claasso it. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became dry.


Here are the stories of kx creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. His Oxford lessons are collected in Literature and the Gods.

The Parasite of Consciousness Calasso retells the Indian myths in this book, and makes them gripping, probing and mysterious.

During the wait, stories pariplavas of the deeds of gods and kings calzsso endlessly recited. It was Ananda who persuaded the Buddha to admit women into the priesthood.

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. Before the horse died, it was allowed to wander any land it wished, protected by four hundred armed guards.

Reading this made my brain feel effervescent, and I often had to put the book down after a paragraph simply to savor what I had just read. But the shifts in subject or voice never jar.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Nov 28, Gopal MS rated it it was amazing. However, it turned out to be more a setting out of some of the principles of Hindu philosophy, using some of the stories to hang that on to. And that woman is my sister, Kadru. Some of the most beautiful prose I have read, let alone in what appears to be a non-fiction book, though that is cqlasso impossible qualification considering it is exploring the origins of Hindu mythology.

The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. 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.

In Chapter XI, the soma is linked to desire, imaged in circulating waters. He was sneaking a calassso at their love-making before chased away by Parvati.

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Roberto Calasso – Wikipedia

Chapter VIII is organized as a collection of stories about and sermons by the rsis, the holy men. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Calasso was born in Florence ininto a family of the Tuscan upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time.

Books by Roberto Calasso. How he differentiated Buddha’s doctrines from the early aclasso in Hinduism and how he slowly faded out the magical world, calaszo us want to believe that it really did exist but eventually just faded away. Also in Vintage International.

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.

Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin? In a whisper, he will say to you: Almost like Alice in Wonderland, but less enthralling. And sometime this would last for weeks before I could return to it. Why should the mind be before and after every other thing? Recipients of the Bagutta Prize. His essaystic production is collected in a few books: It reminds us that it will go on happening forever.

This is a noble aim in itself, but it’s not what I was looking for.

Another world civilization calassi surveyed in Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology. See all books by Roberto Calasso. Telling a story is a way of having things happen at the highest possible speed, that of the mind.

He begins with a mystery: Desire, in this myth, is longing for the Other; it is longing for form. There are sections of quite fast-moving narrative: