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 (Roberto Calasso) – book review
There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are. For a while we were hidden by a very brave woman in her attic on Via Cavour, right in the center of Florence. And craving for more. 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 calawso. Ka does it really well. L’editoria come genere letterario. 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 kq win the favor of his wife, Sukanya.
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Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India
The aridity of these chapters is consonant with the Buddha’s avoidance of imagery, and his love for analysis, repetition and numbers: And he was also a favorite of my supervisor, Mario Praz.
Here’s a beautiful example of the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: It is rather harrowing. Nov 02, Pages Buy. And each chapter is made up of vignettes ranging from short paragraphs to several pages in length, which link together to form a coherent stream but to an extent can stand alone.
Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer. Archived from the original on 15 December He was killed in front of a villa near Florence by two partisans.
They were close friends. How he differentiated Buddha’s doctrines from the early beliefs in Hinduism and how he slowly faded out the magical world, making us want to believe that it really did exist but eventually just faded away.
We would go around talking until four in the morning. The doctorate was also a good pretext for going to London. Nirvana, in other words. But cannot be done in a day. Consciousness dalasso strangles life.
My mother had written her Ph. Also by Roberto Calasso.
The Fascists liberated all three men. Rather astonishing when I think about it now. Feb 24, Dr. But that’s a weak foundation for understanding the complex nature of Indian mythology. Apr 27, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: Rather impressive folios, many of them, and mostly in Latin.
Tak This book is going to be difficult for me to review because it’s not what I was expecting or wanting. In his capasso recent work, Ardorethe author returns to India for calassl exhaustive analysis of the theory and practice of Vedic sacrifice and its significance for post-modern epistemology. In the family moved to Rome, where Calasso developed a passion for cinema.
The problem seems to be the lack of stories, the emptiness of characters. Some of the most beautiful prose I have read, let alone in what appears to be a non-fiction book, though that is an impossible qualification considering it is exploring the origins of Hindu mythology. La folie Baudelaire . He was a marvelous man, and I met him, of all places, on a soccer field in the Dolomites during a vacation.
In the end I wrote it in less than a month, smoking hashish every night. 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. Anything, so long as there be a trial, a risk, a task.
I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read. In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw. It was the warmth, the hidden flame behind the bones, the succession cwlasso dissolution of shapes sketched on the darkness — and the sensation of knowing that was happening. The chapters are ordered — proceeding from the creation of the world to the Buddha, framed by Garuda and Ka — but the weave is loose and Ka doesn’t have calassk be read cover-to-cover to be appreciated.
Ka by Roberto Calasso
Return to Book Page. No one will read it without reward. Arjuna the archer was the bird that ate the berry, while Krsna the charioteer watched, like the other bird, “without cxlasso. The story is enchanting. May 20, Neha Asthana rated it it was amazing.