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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cried Sita through her tears . “ If you could do that , if you could cancel these
frightful deeds and give me back husband and friend so that all were as before —
how would I bless you ! I would even control my dreams and the words of them so
The blessing of the sword infallibly performed its office — that and the divine
name which Sita , her voice breaking with joy , cried out three times in each case
. Each with his head in its place , without mark or scar the youths rose before her .
Bring on the swords , ” cried Nanda . " I am ready for the fray , and find it is a just
solution to our rivalry . It is just , because in the process of adaptation of our
bodies to our heads , our arms have come to be of almost equal strength — yours
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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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