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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Nirvana, in other words. He was the most remarkable reader I have ever met—his judgment on books was perfect. Not unlike the salad incident, this book was mostly tortuous and I made myself finish it. When the glossary proved to be equally confusing I gave up on that.

Mi ero riproposta di rileggere calassso libro fra qualche anno. Along with his status as a major analyst specifically of the works of Kafka, Calasso has, more broadly, been active in many essays in retrieving and re-invigorating the notion of a Central European literary culture. Rather astonishing when I think about it now. Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of Calqsso sacred texts, known by a secret name–“Ka,” or Who?


An excellent introduction to Vedic myth made even more interesting because it is written by an author so proficient in Greek myth -so the parallels he draws between the two are insightful.

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I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became calassso. Well, in truth, that is how things should be, but they are disrupted practically every day. 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.

For a house that publishes by now eighty to ninety new titles a year, it is indispensable. Looking for More Great Reads? In Calasso, what makes the Buddha humanly graspable is his blundering disciple and cousin, Ananda. Following his wife’s death, Siva wrecked Daksa’s sacrifice.

The horse was cut up while the priest asked who was cutting it up, and answered himself, Ka.

When we met, he was plunged into Proust. Hitler was enthusiastic about this guide and remembered him.

Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a ,a woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw. At night I heard it race toward us—number It was the sixties, the beginning of the Beatles and so much else.


Another world civilization is surveyed in Kawhere the subject of the re-telling is Hindu mythology. He is the author of an unnamed ongoing work reflecting on the culture of modernity which began with The Ruin of Kasch ina book admired by Italo Calvino. Ka does it really well.

She plunged from the Milky Way on top of Siva’s head, only to get lost, and spread out among the forest of his hair. The pronouncement ran contrary to everything the Devas had previously thought. Sep 06, John rated it it was amazing. Feb 11, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: I can’t say that I learned anything; mostly I let his books seep in over a period of years, kind of like Milorad Pavic.

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Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

He ordered his friend Montale to read calaso totally obscure writer. By now I have three Lettera 22s. Thinking the mind grew red hot.

There are sections of quite fast-moving narrative: I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read. Sati is, of course, the immolation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre.