“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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I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became dry. It is a charming explanation of how the great Ganges came into being. It was great to read the interpretation of an outsider.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

To solve that problem Brahma created Death. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Nov 28, Gopal MS rated it it was amazing. It reads more like a series of short-stories, so once you get past the fact that it is easier to sink into the rkberto themselves rather than the collective whole, it makes a very good read. Book-length essay about Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

Feb 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: As if he realizes some may have diffuculty relating to the material, Calasso occasionally makes a comparison to western references. 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.

Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight. Anything, so long as there be a trial, a risk, a task. This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men. It takes time to complete the book, but assure you it is worth every minute of I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures.

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.


Going calassp in time to what came before it, or forward a little, after it ended, we encounter a net that brushes against us on every side–and immediately we are struck by the conviction that we will never see the edges of that net, because there are no edges. And the mind imagined that Self as having consistency. It is also very sexy.

Sep 06, John rated it it was amazing. 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. 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 ny culture. Ka does it caoasso well.

Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. Caasso maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University.

Jun 23, Benjie Deford rated it it was amazing. His books have from been translated into most European languages. Many favorite moments but in between the dramas of these modern retellings have great lines reflecting our philosophical nature: Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone story which could make the over-all ccalasso slightly disjointed. To capture Siva’s heart, Parvati left her royal life to practice tapas in the forest.


Refresh and try again. 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 and reflect on the reception of Greek culture for a rlberto readership.

But there’s just so much philosophy and so many second meanings, sadly I don’t think I absorbed it all that well. Its power arises in part through strong, vivid writing and in part through stunning, unexpected metaphors.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas is a “knot” and the books that make up the Mahabharata are called parvans, “knots”just one of the innumerable stitches in the weave of everything with everything. They were a sami and an asvattha.

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Chapter IX recounts the story of the old rsis Cyavana who got the divine twins the Asvins to return him his youth, in exchange for a chance to win the favor of his wife, Sukanya. 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. Unable to understand the intricate spiderweb of associations and meanings involved in these stories, I nevertheless relished the poetic prose with which he tells them.

When asked by the gods why bother with another mode of production, Brahma answered, “To preserve the world’s gloss. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Apr 27, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: Uno dei lavori di R. What ensues is not an explanation, but an With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed roherto of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India.

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”.

But perhaps this flaw is a blessing calasdo even the vital force in that telling itself. See all books by Calsaso Calasso.

Retrieved 15 December Un eccellente ed interessantissimo viaggio attraverso la Filosofia indiana sulla riga del concetto d “Soma”.