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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If a man were afflicted by desire for a happiness of which no mortal but only a god
might dream , and if he could not live without this happiness , then it was clear the
man must die . “ If , ” he concluded , “ I may not possess her , Sita of the ...
I should say he cannot be far from his transfiguration . Let us go to this wise man ,
who knows and has vanquished life . Let us tell him our story and put him as
judge over Sita ' s happiness . Let him decide , if you are agreed , which of us two
Well , it was just this unearthly kind of happiness that a capricious fate had dealt
out to the wedded lovers on their return to Welfare of Cows . They drank it down
in drunken gulps — at first . For Sita , the awakened , lover and friend had been ...
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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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