“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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They write in a rich and often difficult language that takes time to get used to. Feb 08, Fulvio Tai Chi rated it it was amazing. Telling a story is a way of calaxso things happen at the highest possible speed, that of the mind.

To solve that problem Brahma created Death. The mind did not even know whether it existed or not. Looking for More Great Reads? The war between the Pandavas and the Dalasso 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.

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Some of the most beautiful prose I have read, let alone in what appears to be a non-fiction book, though that is bu impossible qualification considering it is exploring the origins of Hindu mythology. The problem seems to be the lack of stories, the emptiness of characters.

Preview — Ka robertk Roberto Calasso. Get to Know Us. Nov 28, Gopal MS rated it it was amazing. Often you’ll find a short story or parable from one of the ancient texts, and then a large amount of philosophy hung off the back of that. After a successful career in publishing he has become a leading intellectual. But cannot be done in a day. Ronerto ensues is not an explanation, but an unveiling. No trivia or quizzes yet.


The book is divided into parts starting from the beginning of creation and ending with the life of the Buddha. A magnificent reading of Hindu texts. Sep 06, John rated it it was amazing.


There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are. Almost like Alice in Wonderland, but less enthralling. Mar 15, Chitranjan Tyagi rated it it was amazing. He’s calaszo written on Greece, Baudelaire, art history, Tiepolo, and numerous critical essays on a variety of topics. No one will read it without reward. Es un libro que exige mucho del lector porque lo que entrega es un tesoro.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A tour de force of scholarship and seduction, Ka is irresistible. But life exists–or is perceived to exist–only to the extent that it allows the parasite of consciousness to grown upon it.

Ka does it really well.

From behind came a voice: But a black bandage covered one eye. By the end I wanted to go back and reread from the start. Sati is, of course, the immolation of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre. Then Garuda looked around. You imagine, not unreasonably, that the happiness of a disembodied spirit has something dreary about it.

Fortunately, Calasso’s beautiful writing transcends my ignorance. All that is preface to the Indian epic Mahabharata. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Each of its fourteen chapters foregrounds a particular figure, such as Prajapati, Shiva, Krishna, or the Buddha, or a story such as the Mahabharata. The story of the Buddha’s awakening is a well-trodden path, and Calasso adds little that is new.


In a later passage, Calasso links Krsna and Arjuna to these two birds of the Vedic hymn, no longer on opposite branches of the same tree, but on a war chariot.

Arjuna the archer was the bird that ate the berry, while Krsna the charioteer watched, like the other bird, “without eating. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Start reading Ka on your Kindle in under a minute. Chapter XV, the final chapter, is a brief recapitulation of the themes: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

And the mind imagined that Self as caladso consistency. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Fascinating journeying through the book, I found myself wishing that it never ended, rather than getting to the end.

I must confess that I did struggle a lot with that, and a lot went sailing over my head. Please try again later. 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.