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 was a body proper to serve as adjunct and appendage to a noble and
knowledgeable headpiece , that was of course head and front of the whole ,
whereas with the whole Nanda the body was , so to speak , the main thing , and
the head ...
But on the whole he showed himself grateful for his friend ' s readiness to serve
him . Slowly he let himself be turned by Nanda ' s sound reasoning away from his
yearning for death towards a belief that the fulfilment of his desire , to enfold Sita
... her little head shrouded in her embroidered scarf . The powerful Shridaman ,
thanks to his headpiece , proved a good and skilful narrator . Even Sita and
Nanda , who knew the whole thing , of course , heard their own story all over
again , 84.
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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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