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  • The Theban Playsby Sophocles; E. Watling; E. Watling

    Penguin Books Ltd 1973; US$ 11.27

    The legends surrounding the royal house of Thebes inspired Sophocles to create a powerful trilogy of mankind's struggle aginst fate. KING OEDIPUS tells of a man who brings pestilence to Thebes for crimes he doesn't realise he has committed, and then inflicts a brutal punishment on himself. It is a devastating portrayl of a ruler brought down by his... more...

  • The Cambridge Companion to Homerby Robert Fowler

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 28.00 US$ 22.96

    This work examines the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey and their subsequent reception. more...

  • The Ink Dark Moonby no Komachi Ono; Izumi Shikibu; Jane Hirshfield; Mariko Aratani

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 16.00

    These translated poems were written by 2 ladies of the Heian court of Japan between the ninth and eleventh centuries A.D. The poems speak intimately of their authors' sexual longing, fulfillment and disillusionment. more...

  • Works and Days and Theogonyby Hesiod; Stanley Lombardo; Robert Lamberton

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 1993; US$ 10.50

    "Robert Lamberton's Introduction is an excellent, concise exposition of current scholarly debate: his notes are informative and helpful. . . . Those who want a translation that captures something of the spirit of an ancient Greek poetic voice and its cultural milieu and transmits it in an appealing, lively, and accessible style will now turn to Lombardo."... 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...