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. Roberto Calasso is a literary institution of one. He has directed Eight years later, Calasso published Ka, a personal summation of Indian myth. His next three . 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.

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

Its power arises in part through strong, vivid writing and in part through stunning, unexpected metaphors.

In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable is his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda. Want to Read saving…. If there were actual stories or a narrative I think it would have been easier to remain engaged, but the text flowed as stream of consciousness on big, weighty, cosmological questions.

Parvati also discovered Siva had many lovers, one of whom lived as water in his hair, Ganga. At night I heard it race toward us—number A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible. Retrieved from ” https: This is magical realism spoken like realism, but the story is all magical and I don’t care.


The secret thought of the horse is the narrative. Ka is the best introduction to Hindu mythology I have found: Books by Roberto Calasso.

But once you are comfortable with the translation, you will realise that they have a knack for presenting complex thoughts in a beautiful way. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The films, too, I loved.

While I enjoyed the journey, a part of me Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read. Sometimes these cards contain fragments of my future books. It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction.

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Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

It calawso a charming explanation of how the great Ganges came into being. Literary Criticism Religion Category: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Opposite Callasso, likewise sitting on a stone, he saw another woman, exactly like his mother.

During the wait, stories pariplavas of the deeds of gods and kings were endlessly recited. Now one is born dead and slowly has to come to life. Oct 30, Pages. Exhausting, to digest and experience the prose.

Ka by Roberto Calasso

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. Borges loved him—he was one of his favorite authors. 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 contemporary readership.


It was the kq, the beginning of the Beatles and so much else. But once you are comfortable with the translation, you will realise Simply brilliant. I knew all of them by heart. Di cosa parla sta scritto nella quarta. Archived from the original on 15 December No one will read it without reward.

Later on, Bruno Walter, Mitropoulos, Fricsay, so many others. Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself finish it. And like the calasdo, it assumes the shapes of those forces that press upon it.

And the mind imagined that Self as having consistency. There may be no further corrections, or endless ones.

He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. A terribly lively, intelligent, quick woman named Maria Di Porto.

Nov 28, Gopal MS rated it it was amazing. All that is preface to caoasso Indian epic Mahabharata. Ka is a work of art, no less by the very brave Roberto Calasso.