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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What ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. Lecture given 17 October in Moscow, for an exhibition on the Adelphi publishing company; published on the on-line literary review Adelphiana16 November This was followed in by The Marriage of Cadmus calaxso Harmonya book where the tale of Cadmus and his wife Harmonia becomes a pretext for re-writing the great tales of Greek mythology and reflect on the reception of Greek culture for a contemporary calassp.

Pushing out its aerial roots, the asvattha slowly strangles the sami. With his latest book, La folie BaudelaireCalasso goes back to the fresco of whole civilisations, this time re-writing the lives and works of the artists that revolutionised our artistic taste, the symbolist poets and impressionist painters.

Mar 15, Chitranjan Tyagi rated it it was amazing. Chapter VII describes the sacrifice of 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. But once you are comfortable with the translation, you will realise that they have a knack for presenting complex thoughts in a beautiful way. And she too seemed absorbed in contemplation. Exhilarating, to see retelling of lesser known stories from Hindu mythology.


Consciousness slowly strangles life. The Story of Garuda. It took me over an hour to finish that salad and I may or may not have cried a little bit.

This is a noble aim in itself, but it’s not what I was looking for.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India by Roberto Calasso

Black snakes, knotted, separate, coiled, uncoiled. Fortunately, Calasso’s beautiful writing transcends my ignorance. Not as much of the beautiful stories of the gods of India as I was kka, windy and twisting and demanding attention, but sharing tales, some familiar, some not. His perfect eye focused, to understand. About Ka “A giddy invasion of stories—brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Difficult, dense, but probably rewarding, if you were willing to put more effort into it than I was. What attracted her most was obscurity.

Whe Daksa refused to invite his son-in-law to his priestly sacrifice, Sati returned to her father’s household, and rebuked him by self-combusting. He has also studied Sanskrit. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Parvati also discovered Siva had many lovers, one of whom lived as water in his hair, Ganga. The story of the Kka awakening is a well-trodden path, and Calasso adds little that is new.

On opposite branches, at the same height, two birds could be made out, “inseparable friends.

Why should the mind be before and after every other thing? Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality. Call it impatience or just a dis-interest in thinking of things to a depth I I should have waited calwsso few more years to read this.


In the story-within-a-story, Ganga was initially a proud woman who thought she could sweep Siva away calaso a straw.


It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling cakasso often in fiction.

However, the book reasons out a lot of stories in Hindu myth with a very original idea.

I can’t judge the finer points of his rendition, but Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s experts on Hinduism and mythology, describes Ka as “The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written”, a blurb understandably highlighted on the front cover. Perhaps hopefully I absorbed more than I thought. This happens to me when I do not want to finish the book and after 6 months I am finally done.

Ka is the best introduction to Hindu mythology I have found: It is an amazing achievement. He has been working for Adelphi Edizioni since its founding in and became its Chairman in 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.

His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of ,a at Florence University. Here’s a beautiful example of the philosophizing of these men, this by Bharadvaja: Literary Criticism Religion Category: There are sections of quite fast-moving narrative: Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin?

In Chapter XI, the soma is linked to desire, imaged in circulating waters.