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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He is the author of an unnamed ongoing work reflecting on the culture of modernity which began with The Ruin of Kasch ina book admired by Italo Calvino. Now my only choice is to keep re-reading it.

In a later passage, Calasso links Krsna and Arjuna to these two birds calaaso the Vedic hymn, no longer on opposite branches of the same tree, but on a war chariot. He begins with a mystery: Calasso has undertaken the mammoth task of going through classical Indian mythology and effectively boiling it down to “sound-bites”.

A moment later Garuda could make out a thousand snakes’ eyes, coldly watching him.


See all books by Roberto Calasso. Un eccellente ed interessantissimo viaggio attraverso la Filosofia indiana sulla riga del concetto d “Soma”.

Roberto Calasso

No one will read it without reward. About Ka “A giddy invasion of stories—brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful. Di cosa parla sta scritto nella quarta. As far as readability goes, it deserves a one. His more narrowly focused essays relating to European modernity are collected in I quarantanove gradini The Forty-nine Stepsaddressed to Pierre Klossowski and his wife; Literature and the gods based on his Weidenfeld Lectures at Oxford, on the decline and return of cslasso imagery in the art of the westand La follia che viene dalle ninfe The Madness that Comes from the Nymphsa collection of related essays ranging from Plato ‘s Phaedrus to Nabokov ‘s Lolita.

Nov 02, Pages. Difficult, dense, but probably rewarding, if you were willing to put more effort into it than I was.

Roberto Calasso – Wikipedia

After a successful career in publishing he has become a leading intellectual. Mostly I just jot down anytime he raises a question, such as “But how did it all begin? It seems like the author has attempted to mimic the storytelling style capasso the originals: Perhaps hopefully I absorbed more than I thought. Calasso includes a thirty page glossary and provides references for his direct quotations, but there is, unfortunately, no index. Lecture given 17 October in Moscow, for an exhibition on the Adelphi publishing company; published on the on-line literary review Adelphiana16 November Anything, so long as there be a trial, a risk, a task.


I do not know if anybody has said so much in such brevity on this topic.

But that is not the case. The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge looked like a single tree: Before the horse died, it was allowed to wander any land it wished, protected by four hundred armed guards.

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

After death, you will find yourself wandering through a haze, shouting without being heard, but all at once it will be you who hear. It is a striking extended metaphor.

Black snakes, knotted, separate, coiled, uncoiled. Calasso’s father Francesco was a law professor, first at Florence University and then in Rome, where he eventually became dean of his faculty. Roberto’s complex and erotic style of writing might not make the book a terrific page-turner.

Refresh and try again. Everyone wants to be the next Caladso Brown. But a black bandage covered one eye.

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