“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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Desire, in this myth, is longing for the Other; it is longing for form. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Nov 02, Brooke Everett rated it it was ok. The method of the myths and of the retelling is described by Foberto himself: Oct 12, Kyra rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. Unable to understand the intricate spiderweb of associations and meanings involved in these stories, I nevertheless ca,asso the poetic prose with which he tells them.

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As if he realizes some may have diffuculty relating to the material, Calasso occasionally makes a comparison to western references. In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable is his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda.


It reminds us that it will go on happening forever. It was great to read the interpretation of an outsider. A few years ago I read The Mahabharata. Its power arises in part through strong, vivid writing and in part through stunning, unexpected metaphors. Cosmogonia, guerre Mi ero riproposta di rileggere questo libro fra qualche anno.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. This fire was tapas, the same fire that burned in the gods, and in the holy men. I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became dry.

An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed. Something invisible that happens within thought. He steals butter from his mother, and hearts from the gopis, the cowgirls. And this task could not be undertaken in opposition to the Asuras, but only with their help. No motive is ever suggested,” remarks a puzzled Geldner in a note on the only Vedic hymn in which Indra’s attack on Usas’s chariot is briefly described.

The story is enchanting. The collection of retold myths is usually a rote, schoolbookish genre: His Oxford lessons are collected in Literature and the Gods.

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. Write a customer review. All that is preface to the Rlberto epic Mahabharata. One of the best critics, essayists, philosophers alive today. And she too seemed absorbed in contemplation. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. Taking the book in its own right then, there’s a lot of dense material here.


It k the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction.

However, the book reasons out a lot of stories in Hindu myth with a very original idea.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read. Read more Read less. And like the waters, it assumes the shapes of those forces that press upon it. What attracted her most was obscurity. Sep 06, John rated it it was amazing. robertto

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Ka by Roberto Calasso

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony. I got this description of this orberto from Amazon, “A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. Almost like Alice in Wonderland, but less enthralling.

View all 4 comments. Un eccellente ed interessantissimo viaggio attraverso la Filosofia indiana sulla riga del concetto d “Soma”. I recommend this book to Indians who have had no exposure to Hindu scriptures.