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  • Medea and Other Playsby Euripides; Richard Rutherford; John Davie

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; US$ 12.68

    That proud, impassioned soul, so ungovernable now that she has felt the sting of injustice? ?Medea?, in which a spurned woman takes revenge upon her lover by killing her children, is one of the most shocking and horrific of all the Greek tragedies. Dominating the play is Medea herself, a towering and powerful figure who demonstrates Euripides? unusual... more...

  • Wisdom of the Buddhaby F. Max Müller

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 2.50

    These ancient verses offer a compelling introduction to Buddhist thought, revealing the Four Truths ? concerning the nature of the world and our lot in it ? and the Eightfold Path to enlightenment, the means by which to overcome the essential suffering revealed by the Four Truths as the essence of life. more...

  • The Iliad: A Commentary: Volume 3, Books 9-12by Bryan Hainsworth; G. S. Kirk

    Cambridge University Press 1993; US$ 44.00 US$ 36.08

    The third volume in the major six-volume Commentary on Homer's Iliad. 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...