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. KA. Stories of the Mind and Gods of India. by Roberto Calasso In crisply written prose, Calasso (The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony.

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Calasso was born in Florence ininto a family of the Tuscan upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time.

Desire, in this myth, is longing for the Other; it is longing for form. The Parasite of Consciousness Calasso retells the Indian myths in this book, and makes them gripping, probing and mysterious.

Please try again later. Stay in Touch Sign up. In a glowing review of the book, Italo Calvino wrote that it dealt with two things: The books in my room at the publishing house are what remains of the large and precious library he had—it was the library of a man who bought the novels of Kafka and Joyce when they appeared because they were the young writers around.

You imagine, not unreasonably, that the happiness of a disembodied spirit has something dreary about it. The computer I use for other things—the Internet, reading. He begins with a mystery: It is rather harrowing. Of its narrative frame, Calasso writes, quite wonderfully: Following their liberation, my father of course had to disappear, and so did we.

He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. Photography by Bruce Chatwinedited and introduced by Calasso. It saw thirty-six thousand fires flare up, made up of mind, made with mind. I had a sort of mania for the cinema at that time—I went once or twice a day instead of doing schoolwork. Storytelling comes hand in hand with philosophical exposition and critical analysis, just as ritual merges with theology and the vividly concrete embodies the abstract.


Often you’ll find a short story or parable from one of the ancient texts, and then a large amount of philosophy hung off the back of that.

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The book reads like poetry. The Fascists liberated all three men. In Ka Roberto Robertk has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel. Why should the mind be before and after every other thing? I read this book in Hindi and in a day.

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That was the beginning of many things for me. Fortunately, Calasso’s calaseo writing transcends my ignorance. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. He was a professor of philosophy at the University of Florence. Rather impressive folios, many of them, and mostly in Latin. What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling.

His uncle Tristano Codignola, partigiano during the Resistenza, after the war joined the political life of the new republic, and was for robberto while Minister of Education.

A tour de force of scholarship and robetro, Ka is irresistible. May 20, Neha Asthana rated it it was amazing. There is a huge number of books Google has digitized, a treasure of which I take advantage every day. Rating books on kka 5 point scale is seldom easy, but this book takes the cake. Sometimes these cards contain fragments of my future books.

The book ends with its beginning, Garuda awakening from his sleep, his claws still grasping hymn number of the tenth book of the Rg Veda, his eyes still focused on the syllable from which everything had issued forth: The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. Today we can find Indian market flooded with authors inspired by myths and stories found in Hindu texts. Black snakes, knotted, separate, coiled, uncoiled.


Another world civilization is surveyed in Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology. A sort of lesser English parallel to Montaigne, but esoteric. In the family moved to Rome, where Calasso developed a caalasso for cinema.

They remained in jail for a month, every night thinking they might be executed the next day. He was also the founder of a publishing house, La Nuova Italia, which still exists.

Opposite Vinata, likewise sitting on a stone, he saw another woman, exactly like his mother. They were a sami and an asvattha.

Sep 06, John rated it it was amazing. When I was twelve I met the man who was to become the great calazso of my life.


They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. On opposite branches, at the same height, two birds could be made out, “inseparable friends.

On its backlist you can find a lot of Hegel and some of the greatest classical scholars. Books by Roberto Calasso. Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality. The aridity of these chapters is consonant with the Buddha’s avoidance of imagery, and his love for analysis, repetition and numbers: Much like the puranas.