“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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A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible.

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

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Chapter XV, the final robdrto, is a brief recapitulation of the themes: An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments Robertoo feel could have been condensed. 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.

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 xalasso identify everything with everything, the mind needs an obstacle at least as big as the world. I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They are 2 of the mileposts marking the journey Calasso takes us on, one filled with colorful landscapes and characters as enchanting as they are frightening.


It started out well, but very quickly became dry.

His Oxford lessons are collected in Literature and the Gods. I’m probably reading the Upanishads next-stead. About Ka “A giddy invasion of stories—brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Oct 30, Pages Buy. During the wait, stories pariplavas of the deeds of gods and kings were endlessly recited. Mi ero riproposta di rileggere questo libro fra qualche anno. 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.

To light a fire you need to rub a twig of asvattha against a twig of sami. After a successful career in publishing he has become a leading intellectual.

caalsso The aridity of these chapters is consonant with the Buddha’s avoidance of imagery, and his love for analysis, repetition and numbers: Telling a story is a way of having things happen at the highest possible speed, that of the mind. The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. Sati is, of course, the immolation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Desire, in this myth, is longing for the Other; it is longing for form. In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable is his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda.


Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Di cosa parla sta scritto nella quarta. He was sneaking a look at their love-making before chased away by Parvati.

The world he created was magical! Read it Forward Read it first. Refresh and try again. Views Read Edit View history.

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. Recipients of the Bagutta Prize.

Ka is a great book about the gods bh religious practices of ancient India. Its power arises in part through strong, vivid writing and in part through stunning, unexpected metaphors. It is not simple, but it is poetic.

Parks’ translation was retold in by Geeta Dharmarajan as Ka: I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read. Everyone wants to be the next Dan Brown.