The Transposed Heads: A Legend of India
Vintage Books, 1959 - 115 Seiten
From a Nobel Prize for Literature winner and one of the most iconic German writers of the 20th century, Transposed Heads is a beautiful story that explores the complex relationship between the spirit, body, and mind. Inspired by an ancient Hindu legend, Mann's writes about two Indian friends, Shridaman and Nanda, whom together, decide to decapitate themselves. However, they awaken from their attempted suicides to find their heads restored, but to the wrong body. Now, Sita, the wife of Shridaman must determine the true meaning of identity as she navigates her own feelings as to which representation is her actual husband. As the love-triangle carries on, Mann shows just how entwined our mind, body, and spirit are.
"The Transposed Heads is altogether delightful . . . It is certainly the most charming of Mann's works . . . in short, a restatement in parable form of Mann's intransigent faith in the human intellect. It is also a rich and subtle analysis of the psychology of friendship and love."--Sewanee Review
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Six months had passed since Shridaman ' s mother had taken the lovely Sita
upon her lap and Sita had granted to her narrow - nosed husband the full
enjoyment of wedded bliss . The heavy summer had passed , and now the rainy
I am Nanda , ” the other replied . “ But as truly as I call this wedded body mine
and use the word ' I ' of it , just so truly is Sita of the lovely curves my wife and her
fruit of my begetting . ” “ Indeed ! ” retorted Shridaman , with a quiver in his voice .
If matters stand so , ” said Nanda , after a helpless silence , " and Sita cannot
decide and judge between us , then judgement must come from a third or rather
from a fourth party . When Sita just now said that she can only go home with a
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - polutropos - LibraryThing
Few pages, leaving the reader with much to think about. What is attraction? What is beauty? What is the role of love and lust in a relationship? What is, ultimately, morality? Written with a light, humorous touch, the book is unforgettable. Vollständige Rezension lesen
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This folkloric, Hindu-light treatment of desire, loyalty and identity lacks the craft, gravity and heft of other Thomas Mann novels. His few prose outbursts in description of beauty or deity seem ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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