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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It lay on the stream Goldfly , which rushes , like a colt let loose , out of the
mountain ' s womb , to moderate its flow and unite at a holy place with the river
Jumna ; that in its turn issuing , at a place yet more holy , into the eternal Ganges .
But the ...
He began with an account of Nanda ' s life and his own , the friendship between
them , and the way they broke their journey at the river Goldfly . He described his
lovesickness , his wooing and marriage , weaving in such earlier information as ...
So these good women could betray to Sita that Nanda the hermit had set up his
rest near the river Gomati ( the Cow River ) , seven days ' journey distant by south
and west . It was , they said , a spot to gladden the heart , with all kinds of trees ...
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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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