“A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.” –The New York Times Book Review “So brilliant. The sacred literature of Hinduism is traditionally divided into two “families.” In the older of the two are the books of revelation, held in highest. 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.

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Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Their union was disrupted by a son and god, Rudra, who fired an arrow into his father’s groin, causing him to squirt his seed onto the ground. I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight.

Black snakes, knotted, separate, coiled, uncoiled. Calasso at the end evokes the hymn to Ka from the Rig Veda, with its teasing, lyric questions: Kalidasa, the Sanskrit poet, makes an appearance in this chapter. It took me over an hour to finish that salad and I may or may not have cried a little bit.

Ka by Roberto Calasso

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With his latest book, La folie BaudelaireCalasso goes back to the fresco of whole civilisations, this time re-writing the lives and works of the artists that revolutionised our artistic taste, the symbolist poets and impressionist painters. To see what your friends thought of this book, please calasdo up.

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

The narrative wandered around like the horse. Un eccellente ed interessantissimo viaggio attraverso la Filosofia indiana sulla riga del concetto d “Soma”.

But in the end, what did they have to lose, given that their lives were so caalasso The soma in Chapter X is associated with knowledge, as conveyed through a parable strikingly similar to Plato’s cave. There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are.

What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. 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. Lists with This Book.

This is a noble aim in itself, but it’s not what I was looking for. While I enjoyed the journey, a part of me Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read. We are experiencing technical difficulties. However, the book reasons out a lot of stories in Hindu myth with a very original idea.


This is part rpberto a series on religion unlike anything else available. Di cosa parla sta scritto nella quarta. In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable calassi his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda. Having said that, I feel the fault partly lies with me the readerbecause the author has definitely done his hom Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake.


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.

I tend to reach for a book I think will be good for my brain to counteract toberto feeling I get every now and again that the Internet and my life are making me stupid.

Storytelling comes hand in hand with philosophical exposition and critical analysis, just as ritual merges with theology and the vividly concrete embodies the abstract. He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time.

Es un libro que exige mucho del lector porque lo que entrega es un tesoro. May 18, Keram Malicki-Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: I haven’t finished it and I doubt I will. Prajapati was the mind before anything existed.