The Transposed Heads: A Legend of India
Vintage Books, 1959 - 115 Seiten
"The story of Sita of the beautiful hips ... and of her two husbands" is a tale of sexual desire and marital responsibility, set in India.--p. .
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But I immediately mistrust any other view than my own and believe only in the
way which points me to death. Consider how probable it is that the divine Sita
was contracted in marriage as a child and is soon to be united with a bridegroom
... of sense, by mortification and abstention fought their flesh to the knife, and
managed to carry through the most awful vows. They fasted to the point of death;
slept naked in the rain on the ground, and in the cold season wore their clothing
Lionel Trilling "The Transposed Heads is altogether delightful, worthy of rank with
Tonio Kroger or Death in Venice. It is certainly the most charming of Mann's
works. His irony has never been more biting; it has never been more tender.
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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
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - fieldnotes - LibraryThing
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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