Book by Calasso Roberto
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It is the essence of Roberto Calasso's particular genius to have evolved a unique way of reconstructing the imaginative heart of some of the world's greatest cultures. In The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony it was the 'Greekness' of classical culture; in Ka he gives us the 'Indianness' of the mind of India, but in an Indian way. He does not describe or explain this mental world: he regenerates it through its stories and customs.
Who is Ka? And who is the immense eagle who asks this question, filling the sky, an elephant and a giant turtle in his claws? How can he be the child of woman? Who are these tiny folk he eats? The first impact of Ka is one of tremendous strangeness, bewilderment, disorientation. Slowly, however, the strange becomes familiar and - as Ka folds and enfolds the world of the Deva and the Seven Seers, of Siva, Brahma and Visnu, the wars of the Mahabharata, and finally the advent of the Buddha - we are amazed at our own recognition. These stories lie so close to the grain of our own experience that they confirm, or for the first time articulate, our own deepest perceptions about our condition.
"Ka is a dizzying, erudite incursion into sacred texts, which throbs with erotic, violent and enigmatic tales" ( Independent)
"The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written" (Wendy Doniger)
"An elegant compendium of classical Indian myths and legends...no cotemporary Indian writer would be able to match such erudition and originality as Calasso displays in Ka" ( Independent)
"To read Ka is to experience a giddy invasion of stories - brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful...these stories are superbly narrated" ( New York Times Book Review)
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Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: With the same startling originality and brilliance that made his The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony a literary landmark, Roberto Calasso narrates the birth of one of the world's great cultures: the formation of the mind of India. He doesn't explain or describe this mental world -- he regenerates it through its epic cyclical stories and customs until we no longer need to define it for ourselves, because we have come to know what it is.So: Who is Ka? And who is the immense eagle asking the question, filling the sky, elephant and giant turtle dwarfed in his claws? How can he be the child of a woman? The first impact of Ka is one of tremendous strangeness, bewilderment, disorientation. Slowly, however, the strange becomes familiar, as new and even more fantastic stories are spun, gods emerge, sacrifices are performed. Why must the king's wife copulate with a dead horse? How is man reduced to an eye in an ant's nest? Why must the road to higher consciousness pass through an erotic adventure?As Ka unfolds, the worlds of the Devas, of Siva, Brahma, and Visnu, of the wars of the Mahabharata are splendidly revealed, until finally, with t. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_0679451315
Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0679451315
Description du livre Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. État : New. First Edition. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0679451315
Description du livre État : Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. N° de réf. du libraire 97806794513101.0
Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, 1998. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110679451315