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Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 1999)

av Roberto Calasso (Författare), Tim Parks (Översättare)

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With the same startling originality and brilliance that made his 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? Who are the tiny folk he eats? The first impact of Ka is one of tremendous strangeness, bewilderment, disorientation. How can a Western tradition which demands to identify a beginning and an end understand one that sees no beginning and no end, but only an eternal tangle? Slowly, though, the strange becomes familiar, as new and ever more fantastic stories are spun out, gods emerge, bizarre 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? Why is the first girl the dawn and the second the dusk? Rejecting our cravings to have the culture systematized and predigested for us, Calasso invites us to understand India on Indian terms, through Indian images, through India itself. As Ka unfolds, the worlds of the Devas, of ´Siva, Brahm-a and Visnu, of the wars of the Mah-abh-arata, are splendidly revealed, until finally, with the advent of the Buddha, we are amazed at our own sense of recognition, for these stories seem to confirm, or to articulate for the first time, our own deepest perceptions about our human condition.   An entirely unique reading experience from an author at once supremely erudite and unceasingly creative.… (mer)
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Titel:Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India
Författare:Roberto Calasso (Författare)
Andra författare:Tim Parks (Översättare)
Info:Vintage Books/Random House, New York, (1999), 1st U.S. edition, 464 pages
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Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India av Roberto Calasso (1996)

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Not a clue how to rate this one. Hope to be able to get more specific about why in the near future.
  KatrinkaV | Jan 27, 2021 |
I picked this up hoping it would be a less-dense survey of Indian mythology than just diving into whatever they have on sacred-texts.org. Well, it's probably less dense, but that sure does not mean it is an easy read. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Apr 17, 2016 |
Beautiful rephrasing and recombination of old Hindi tales, starting with the creation of this world ( )
  Dettingmeijer | Dec 15, 2009 |
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Manganaro, Jean-PaulTraductionmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Pluym, Els van derÖversättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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With the same startling originality and brilliance that made his 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? Who are the tiny folk he eats? The first impact of Ka is one of tremendous strangeness, bewilderment, disorientation. How can a Western tradition which demands to identify a beginning and an end understand one that sees no beginning and no end, but only an eternal tangle? Slowly, though, the strange becomes familiar, as new and ever more fantastic stories are spun out, gods emerge, bizarre 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? Why is the first girl the dawn and the second the dusk? Rejecting our cravings to have the culture systematized and predigested for us, Calasso invites us to understand India on Indian terms, through Indian images, through India itself. As Ka unfolds, the worlds of the Devas, of ´Siva, Brahm-a and Visnu, of the wars of the Mah-abh-arata, are splendidly revealed, until finally, with the advent of the Buddha, we are amazed at our own sense of recognition, for these stories seem to confirm, or to articulate for the first time, our own deepest perceptions about our human condition.   An entirely unique reading experience from an author at once supremely erudite and unceasingly creative.

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