- Author:Roberto Calasso
- Publisher:Vintage; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (November 2, 1999)
- Pages:464 pages
- Subcategory:History & Criticism
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KA, by the Italian writer Roberto Calasso, is a breathtaking and revelatory book
KA, by the Italian writer Roberto Calasso, is a breathtaking and revelatory book Calasso is a full-flower European intellectual, and I'll match any odds you offer that he is familiar with Heinrich Zimmer and Mircea Eliade and all the great twentieth-century mythographers, but that's all behind the prose; he is also, here, an artist working solely, with an expressive and sensuous style, to render the tale for the tale's sake: myth.
With the same startling originality and brilliance that made his "The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony" a literary landmark, Calasso narrates the birth of one of the world's great cultures: the formation of the mind of India.
Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual union and the first parricide. We learn why Siva must carry his father's skull, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as part of a certain sacrifice, the king's wife must copulate with a dead horse.
Here are the stories of the creation of mind and matter; of the origin of Death, of the first sexual . With the same narrative fecundity and imaginative sympathy he brought to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the mind of ancient India. He begins with a mystery: Why is the most important god in the Rg Veda, the oldest of India's sacred texts, known by a secret name-"Ka," or Who?
Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian writer and publisher. Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India.
Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian writer and publisher. Apart from his mother tongue, Calasso is fluent in French, English, Spanish, German, Latin and ancient Greek. He has also studied Sanskrit. He has been called "a literary institution of one" . Parks' translation was retold in 2005 by Geeta Dharmarajan as Ka: The Story of Garuda. Bruce Chatwin Fotografo.
Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso. Author: Richard Rosen. Updated: Apr 5, 2017. Original: Aug 28, 2007. 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 esteem by all orthodox worshipers. These books are called shruti ("hearing") because they contain the perennial wisdom "heard" by the ancient rishis ("seers") in states of heightened awareness.
My wife and I are moving out of the apartment we’ve rented for the last five years and into another apartment in the same neighborhood. The onerous task of culling through our books has fallen to me – perhaps justly, since I’m the one who collected most of the damned things in the first place. My goal is to discard at least two boxes. I’ve been struck, though, by the number of books on my shelves that I found among other people’s discards
It is the essence of Roberto Calasso's particular genius to have evolved a unique way of reconstructing the . He does not describe or explain this mental world: he regenerates it through its stories and customs.
It is the essence of Roberto Calasso's particular genius to have evolved a unique way of reconstructing the imaginative heart of some of the world's greatest cultures. In The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony it was the 'Greekness' of classical culture; in Ka he gives us the 'Indianness' of the mind of India, but in an Indian way. He does not describe or explain this mental world: he regenerates it through its stories and customs
for us, Calasso invites us to understand India on Indian terms, through Indian images, through India itself. About the author (1998). Roberto Calasso was born in Florence in 1941. In 1962, he joined Adelphi Edizioni, the distinguished Italian publishing house.
Rejecting our cravings to have the culture systematized and predigested for us, Calasso invites us to understand India on Indian terms, through Indian images, through India itself. As Ka unfolds, the worlds of the Devas, of ´ Siva, Brahm-a and Visnu, of the wars of the Mah-abh-arata, are splendidly revealed, until finally, with the advent of the Buddha, we are amazed at our own sense of recognition, for these stories seem to confirm, or toarticulate for the first time, our own deepest perceptions about our human condition.