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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From the internationally acclaimed author of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony comes one of the most significant books in recent years on a writer of perennial interest–a virtuoso interpretation of the work of Franz Kafka.

What are Kafka’s fictions about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Countless answers have been offered, but the essential mystery remains intact. Se
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 14th 2006 by Vintage (first published 2002)
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Jul 13, 2008 Alex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Alex by: Maya-ji
I had read Calasso's Ka and Kafka's Der Process before I slogged through K.. Is this book more of a sequel to the former or the latter? I would have to say I don't know. But it's weird to use the Vedas to read modernist literature, isn't it?

I've never been enthralled with Kafka. Too German. Too much like a succession of cloudy days. Too much like modern times. Too much Max Weber's iron cage transmogrified onto page.

But now I must admit I've developed a soft spot for the guy! (Just don't throw an
Jan 10, 2009 jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any kafka lover
Shelves: schoolstuff
I first read some of this in 2006 before graduation. Roberto Calasso knows Kafka.
Aug 21, 2007 sean rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: steven soderbergh
the most pretentious attempt at dissecting kafka.
Mar 26, 2008 Antoine rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious Kafka Fans
About two or three chapters in so far, and I can confirm that this is decidedly a book about Kafka (some other readers expressed surprise on this point)... and more specifically about two of Novels. But that is exectly what I was expecting. Kafka is particularly well-suited to Calasso's trippy mythopoeic form of analysis. It helps to have read The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony and The Ruin of Kasch, also by Calasso. I have a strong feeling that it would also help to have read Ka. But I haven't. ...more
An insightful look into Kafka's work that concentrates mostly on The Castle and The Trial but also looks at his other works and draws quite extensively on his diaries and letters. Calasso has an aphoristic style and can be a little obtuse at times, but he quotes liberally from the work and gave me some interesting ways to consider Kafka's work that I hadn't considered before. I read this for the Kafka subject matter but I'm keen to read more by Calasso.
nearly killed me, this. Good though
Jake Bittle
I need to read more Kafka, Calasso needs to read less Indian philosophy.
Akif Uzman
A curious book about a curious guy.
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Roberto Calasso (born 30 May 1941 in Florence) is an Italian publisher and writer. He was born into a family of the local upper class, well connected with some of the great Italian intellectuals of their time. His maternal grandfather Giovanni Codignola was a professor of philosophy at Florence University. Codignola created a new publishing house called La Nuova Italia, in Florence, just like his ...more
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