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. KA. Stories of the Mind and Gods of India. by Roberto Calasso In crisply written prose, Calasso (The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony.

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That was the day on which Bazlen told me that a publishing house was going to start where we might publish the books we truly liked. He heard me say that what Croce wrote on Baudelaire was not so great, and we started talking and never stopped. Something invisible that happens within thought. La folie Baudelaire [7]. Unable robero understand the intricate spiderweb of associations and meanings roberfo in these stories, I nevertheless relished the poetic prose with which he tells them.

Chapter Three describes the desire of this Father for his daughter Dawn Usas. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone story which could make t Calasso has undertaken the mammoth task of going through classical Indian mythology and effectively boiling it down to “sound-bites”.

Calasso expresses himself, in both Italian and English, with extreme precision and touching generosity. And sometime this would last for weeks before I could return to it.

Just to see them around, with their obscure titles and authors, was far more useful to me than reading so many other books later on. Nov 02, Brooke Everett rated it it was ok. One of them was my father.


Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality. Black snakes, knotted, separate, coiled, uncoiled. Chapter VII describes the sacrifice la the horse, the “king of all sacrifices,” Calasso writes, for he who celebrated it became king of all kings and would obtain everything he desired.

When I was twelve I met the man who was robedto become the great friend of my life. I’m probably reading the Upanishads next-stead.

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I really believe in reading the books at the right time in life to really enjoy them, and this got in a little early. The computer I use for other things—the Internet, reading. Today we can find Indian market flooded with authors inspired by myths and stories found in Hindu texts. Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer. His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University.

An absolutely beautiful book- though has some moments I feel could have been condensed. In the end they were freed thanks to the consul of Germany, an exceptional man named Gerhard Wolf. Es un libro que exige mucho del lector porque lo que entrega es un tesoro.


What attracted her most was obscurity. Then we moved to Rome because my father took a position teaching there and later became dean of his faculty. You will become aware that someone is following you, like an animal in the forest, only now in the darkness of the heavens. April External links: But once you are comfortable with the translation, you will realise that they have a knack for presenting complex thoughts in a beautiful way.


Codignola created a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Florence, just like his Roberto Calasso born 30 May in Florence is an Italian publisher and writer.

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Consciousness slowly strangles life. There is a huge number of books Google has digitized, a treasure of which I take advantage every day. I use them for detailed notes on the books I read, and more general notes as well. Opposite Vinata, likewise sitting on a stone, he saw another woman, exactly like his mother.

Then, around three thirty, I go to Adelphi and I stay there until seven. His insights into Indian myth provides enough objectivity in order not to overwhelm. It is always a mosaic, if you will, in which I write page 80, 30, in any given order.

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