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  • Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments of Sapphoby Sappho; Carol Ann Duffy; Aaron Poochigian

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 12.68

    More or less 150 years after Homer's Iliad , Sappho lived on the island of Lesbos, west off the coast of what is present Turkey. Little remains today of her writings, which are said to have filled nine papyrus rolls in the great library at Alexandria some 500 years after her death. The surviving texts consist of a lamentably small and fragmented body... more...

  • The Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 25.48

    The Mahabharata is one of the greatest stories ever told. Though the basic plot is widely known, there is much more to the epic than the dispute between Kouravas and Pandavas that led to the battle in Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full, given... more...

  • The Historians of Late Antiquityby David Rohrbacher

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 37.95

    The fourth and fifth centuries AD were an era of religious conflict, political change and military conflict. The responses of contemporary historians to these turbulent times reflect their diverse backgrounds - Christian and pagan, writing in both Greek and Latin, documenting church and state. This volume is the first to offer an accessible survey... more...

  • Valmiki Ramayanaby Arshia Sattar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; Not Available

    One of India's two greatest epics, the Ramayana pervades the country's moral and cultural consciousness. For generations it has served as a bedtime story for Indian children, while at the same time emgaging the interest of philosophers and theologians. Now this magnificent new translation makes the monumental work available to a new audience. Believed... more...

  • A Chola Adventureby Anu Kumar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 10.18

    990 CE, Tanjore, IndiaTwelve-year-old Raji is growing up during the reign of Rajaraja Chola in south India. Raji is a girl of spirit---brave, bright and bold. She is also a dancer, a warrior and a sculptor who models kingdoms in stone. Raji, however is not happy: she misses her family. Her mother is in exile and her father has left home in grief.On... more...

  • Hitopadesaby S Narayana

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 15.28

    The ever-popular Book of Good Counsels from ancient India. One of the best-known Sanskrit classics, Narayana?s Hitopadesa is a fascinating collection of animal and human fables augmented with polished verse epigrams and gnomic stanzas, many of which have become proverbial. This satirical, often irreverent and sometimes ribald text has been popular... more...

  • Appeasement of Radhikaby Muddupalani

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 15.28

    An erotic classic and the most recognized work of an celebrated nineteenth-century poet and courtesan'Last night, I dreamt of HariWith that melodious-voiced woman.He seemed impatient with me,And now evenThe song of the nightingale seems shrill.'An erotic narrative poem that explores desire and jealousy, love experienced and love lost, Radhika Santawanam... more...

  • Classic Sunil Gangopadhyayby Sunil Gangopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 25.48

    This special omnibus edition brings together the three great historical novels Sunil Gangopadhyay wrote. The Bengal Renaissance forms the backdrop to the Sahitya Akademi Award-winning Those Days, in which a feudal aristocracy awakens to its social obligations. In its sequel First Light, a turn-of-the-century Bengal, led by Rabindranath Tagore and Swami... more...

  • I Keep Vigil of Rudraby H S Shivaprakash

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 16.98

    One of the only collections of Vachana poetry in translation?a must read for all poetry lovers. Here I come, a ferryman without a body To the great flowing river. If you pay the price? Your mind That grasps and lets go, I shall take you across? Vachana poetry in Kannada literature attained its zenith in the twelfth century. Passionate, intensely personal,... more...

  • The Final Questionby Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; US$ 16.98

    Like Dickens, Saratchandra had a bag of wonderful tales'? The Hindu The Final Question (Shesh Prashna) is one of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay's last novels and perhaps his most radically innovative. The novel caused a sensation when it was first published in 1931, drawing censure from conservative critics but enthusiastic support from general readers,... more...