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“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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No one will read it without reward. He begins with a mystery: What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. 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.


A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible. Roberto Calasso was born in Florence in He lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi Edizioni.

The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, his third book, has been translated into 12 languages.

Its power arises in part through strong, vivid writing and in part yb stunning, unexpected metaphors. Literary Criticism Religion Category: About Ka “A giddy invasion of stories—brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. Also in Vintage International. Also by Roberto Calasso. See all books by Roberto Calasso. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Praise “The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written…A magnificent reading of Hindu texts.

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