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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Let us withdraw , " Shridaman said , as he sat up , his eyes resting on the maiden
' s form . “ It is not right that she sees us not , yet we see her . ” " Why not ? ”
answered Nanda in a whisper . " We were here first , to enjoy the peace and the
Teach me , then , Dau - ji ( elder brother ) , ” he begged , “ in what spirit you
looked on and how I should have done . ” “ Lo , ” said Shridaman , “ all beings
have two sorts of existence : one for themselves and one for the eyes of others .
They are ...
Had ever I blushed at the sight of a youth ' s breast or felt my eyes burn then I
looked at his arms and legs ? No , all that was like nothing at all to me , it did not
touch ever so little my coolness and pertness , for I was like a closed book . 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
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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