“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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Roberto Calasso – Wikipedia
However, it turned out to be more calassso setting out of some of the principles of Hindu philosophy, using some of the stories to hang that on to. I was calasxo that Kali represents death and that Ganesha has the head of an elephant. Cosmogonia, guerre Mi ero riproposta di rileggere questo libro fra qualche anno. Ka is a work of art, no less by the very brave Roberto Calasso.
What Calasso did with western classical mythology in The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony he also does with Indian mythology. It seems like the author has attempted to mimic the storytelling style of the originals: 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.
This is magical realism spoken like realism, but the story is all magical and I don’t care. Retrieved from ” https: Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. What ensues is not an explanation, but an With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India.
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. Now my only choice is to keep re-reading it. His maternal grandfather Ernesto Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. Feb 08, Fulvio Tai Chi rated it it was amazing.
He begins with a mystery: It was Ananda who persuaded the Buddha to admit women into the priesthood. Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality.
His father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty. Often you’ll find a short story or parable from one of the ancient texts, and then robefto large amount of philosophy hung off the back of that.
During the wait, stories pariplavas of the deeds of gods and kings were endlessly recited. It was Ananda who feared death and lusted after women.
But in the end, what did they have to lose, given that their lives were so futile? It took me over an hour to finish that salad and I may or may not have cried a little bit.
Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso
Again, on the beginning of stories: View all kaa comments. Because it can never be found in the world. Stay in Touch Sign up. The story is enchanting. The mind desired, with a desire that was “continuous, diffuse, undefined. Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself finish it.
A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible. In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable is his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda.
Di cosa parla sta scritto nella quarta. An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed. Views Read Edit View history. We learn why Siva must carry his father’s skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king’s wife must copulate with a dead horse. I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures. Published November 2nd by Vintage first published September Prajapati was the mind before anything existed.
The method of the myths and of the retelling is described by Garuda himself: Open Preview See a Problem? As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic tradition.
Difficult, dense, but vy rewarding, if you were willing to put more effort into it than I was. Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin?
Calasso has worked for the publishing firm of Adelphi Edizioni since its founding by Roberto Bazlen in and became its Chairman in This triangular relationship, according to this chapter, is repeated with different names in different stories down the ages.
He was arrested by the fascist militia after the assassination of Giovanni Frre 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.
Fascinating journeying through the book, I found myself wishing that it never ended, rather than getting to the end.