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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. 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. 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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But aclasso is not the case. 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. Anything, so long as there be a trial, a risk, a task.

Feb 24, Dr. As far as readability goes, it deserves a one.

Ka (Roberto Calasso) – book review

It saw thirty-six thousand fires flare up, made up of mind, made with mind. His books calawso from been translated into most European languages.

It started out well, but very quickly became dry. Consciousness slowly strangles life. K restricts the focus to a single author, Franz Calassl ; this trend continues with Il rosa Tiepoloinspired by an adjective used by Proust to describe a shade of pink used by Tiepolo in his paintings.


While I enjoyed the journey, a part of me wants to go back and read it just to see if I missed anything. However, the book reasons out a lot of stories in Hindu myth with a very original idea.

Ks war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas is a “knot” and the books that make up the Mahabharata are called parvans, “knots”just one of the innumerable stitches in the weave of everything with everything. When asked by the gods why bother with another mode of production, Brahma answered, “To preserve the world’s gloss.

As a westerner I doubt I can properly appreciate in one reading the nuances and richness of their mythic traditi What Calasso did with western classical mythology in The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony he also does with Indian mythology.

But there’s just so much philosophy and so many second meanings, sadly I don’t think I absorbed it all that well.

Ka by Roberto Calasso | : Books

Though the individual passages are often dazzling little gems in their own right, the way they are worked together into a larger mosaic is just as impressive. Book-length essay cslasso Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Calssso passages are more philosophical, though they are integrated into conversations or stories: Retrieved 15 December Roberto Calasso born calawso May in Florence is an Italian writer and publisher.

Calasso includes a thirty page glossary and provides references for his direct quotations, but there is, unfortunately, no index. They are 2 of the mileposts marking the journey Calasso takes us on, one filled with colorful landscapes and characters as enchanting as they are frightening.


A part journey and a part myth Ka has stories within stories. And not just because of its length: In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away like a straw. Mahabharata is my favorite epic! It is a striking extended metaphor.

It was the warmth, the hidden flame behind the bones, the succession and dissolution of shapes sketched on the darkness — and the sensation of knowing that was happening. Ka is both exhilarating and exhausting to read.

Roberto Calasso

They write in caladso rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. In his most recent work, Ardorethe author returns to India for classo exhaustive analysis of the theory and practice of Vedic sacrifice and its significance for post-modern epistemology. I don’t remember but I know it was read, need to re-read.

Also by Roberto Calasso. The aridity of these chapters is consonant with the Buddha’s avoidance of imagery, and his love for analysis, repetition and numbers: