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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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Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who already is familiar with Hindu myths and would like a new perspective on them, and is fine with a headache inducing writing style.

I got this description of this book from Amazon, “A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, ccalasso, erotic, beautiful. The kw ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. I tend to reach for a book I think will be good for my brain to counteract a feeling I get every now and again that the Internet and my life are making me stupid. But that’s a weak foundation for understanding the complex nature of Indian mythology.

Please try again later. It’s a beautiful and compelling read. 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 to be read cover-to-cover to be appreciated. Lecture given 17 October in Moscow, for an exhibition on the Adelphi publishing company; published on the on-line literary review Adelphiana16 November In a country where intellectuals like to complain, perhaps more than elsewhere, that literary culture has fallen by the wayside, Calasso has come to stand for a lost ideal: To solve the problem of mind, he created sex.


Apr 19, Nikolas Alixopulos rated it really liked it. Proust became a great love, and he is still one of the writers I return to often. Anything, so long as there be a trial, a risk, a task. He was sneaking a look at their love-making before chased away by Parvati.

He was also the founder of a publishing house, La Nuova Italia, which still exists. But cannot be done in a day. For a while we were hidden by a very brave woman in her attic on Via Cavour, right in the center of Florence. A part journey and a part myth Ka has stories within stories.

And I’ve hardly hatched from my egg. He has also studied Sanskrit. But there’s just so much philosophy and so many second meanings, sadly I don’t think I absorbed it all that well. In Calasso published La follia che viene dalle ninfea collection of essays on the influence of the nymph in literature, which is discussed through authors ranging from Plato to Nabokov.

His more narrowly focused essays relating to European modernity are collected in I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Stepsaddressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife; Literature and the gods based on his Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford, on the decline and return of pagan imagery in the art of the westand La follia che viene dalle ninfe The Madness that Comes from the Nymphsa collection of related essays ranging from Plato ‘s Phaedrus to Nabokov ‘s Lolita.

Rating books on a 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. In the end I wrote it in less than a month, smoking hashish every night. Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read.

Retrieved 15 December I began eagerly, frequently flipping back and forth to the glossary in an attempt to keep everything straight. I write with this pen. I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Stepsa collection of essays about major authors and thinkers in European modernity addressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife.


Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

This is magical realism spoken like realism, but the story is all magical and I don’t care. I must confess that I did struggle a lot with that, and a lot went calasso over my head. 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.

The danger was that we might be taken hostage. Along with his status as a major analyst specifically of the works of Kafka, Calasso has, more calaaso, been active in many essays in retrieving and re-invigorating the notion of a Central European literary culture.

His maternal grandfather Ernesto Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. Every morning I am called, I have to call, there are e-mails coming, so I never feel totally separated from the publishing house.

Consciousness slowly strangles life. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin?

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

He is the one who really discovered Svevo, for instance. Calasso expresses himself, in both Italian and English, with extreme precision and touching generosity. 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 to win the favor of his wife, Sukanya.

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