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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The ridge of his nose was thin as a blade ; eyes he had , soft of pupil and lid , and
on his cheeks a soft fan - shaped beard . Soft too were his limbs , not moulded by
exercise as cowherd and smith , even rather Brahman - like , as well as clerkly ...
... most high goddess , I am not so bad , that I should not have loved my lord and
husband , and even more feared and honoured him : that head so fine and wise ,
the beard soft as the soft mild eyes and lids , and the body that went with them .
After a while Samadhi got the nickname of Andhaka ( little blind one ) on account
of his nearsightedness , and the name gradually ousted the first one . But the
weakness lent his gazelle - like eyes a soft appealing gloss and made them even
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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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