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  • Bhatti’s Poem: The Death of Ravanaby Oliver Fallon; Bhatti Bhatti

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    To the dry bones of grammar Bhatti gave juicy flesh in his poem, telling the greatest Indian story in elegant Sanskrit. Composed in the fourth century CE, in South India, ”Bhatti’s Poem: The Death of Rávana” is both a poetic retelling of Rama’s adventures, and a compendium of grammatical and rhetorical examples for students. Bhatti’s study aid to... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 1)by Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    The Book of Shalya recounts in gory detail the final destruction of the Káurava army and the defeat of its leader, Dur·yódhana. In this first volume heroic duels and martial speeches abound as Shalya, the king of the Madras, is made general of the Káurava army, only to be slaughtered in his turn. The Book of Shalya recounts in gory detail the final... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Nine (Volume 2)by Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    In one of the most famous passages in Maha·bhárata , Dur·yódhana, the heroic but flawed king of the Káuravas, meets his end when he is dishonorably defeated in battle by his arch-enemy, Bhima. Framing a fascinating account of the sacred sites along the river Sarásvati, the duel poignantly portrays the downfall of a once great hero in the face of... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Seven (Volume 1)by Vaughan Pilikian

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    After Bhishma is cut down at the end of the previous book of the Maha·bhárata , the book which bears his name, Duryódhana selects Drona as leader of his forces. Drona accepts the honor with Bhishma's blessing, despite his ongoing personal conflicts as mentor to both the Pándava and Káurava heroes in their youth. The fighting rages on, with heavy... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 1)by Alex Cherniak

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    “Bhishma,” the sixth book of the eighteen-book epic The Maha•bhárata, narrates the first ten days of the great war between the Káuravas and the Pándavas. This first volume covers four days from the beginning of the great battle and includes the famous “Bhágavad•gita (“The Song of the Lord”), presented here within its original epic context. In... more...

  • The Rise of Wisdom Moonby Krishna mishra; Matthew Kapstein; J. N. Mohanty

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    The Rise of Wisdom Moon was composed during the mid-eleventh century by Krishna mishra, an otherwise unknown poet in the service of the Chandella dynasty, whose cultural and religious capital was Khajuraho. The early popularity of Krishna mishra’s work led to its frequent translation into the vernaculars of both North and South India, and even Persian... more...

  • Twenty-Four Lays from the French Middle Agesby Leslie Brook; Glyn S. Burgess

    Liverpool University Press 2017; US$ 89.99

    The first complete collection of extant Medieval French Lays. Lays are short (typically 600-1000 lines), rhymed tales of love and chivalry. more...

  • Paradisoby Dante; Stanley Lombardo; Alison Cornish

    Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. 2017; US$ 15.95

    "This translation and commentary are an essential contribution to Dante's reception in English. Stanley Lombardo's translation is accurate, elegant, and transparent, a mirror of the original text. Alison Cornish's commentary is lucid, graceful, and precise, with just the right level of detail; it penetrates and opens the Paradiso 's philosophical,... more...

  • The Metamorphoses of Apuleiusby Carl C. Schlam

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 29.99

    This book examines the comic and philosophical aspects of Apuleius' Metamorphoses , the ancient Roman novel also known as The Golden Ass . The tales that comprise the novel, long known for their bawdiness and wit, describe the adventures of Lucius, a man who is transformed into an ass. Carl Schlam argues that the work cannot be seen as purely comic... more...

  • Garland of the Buddha's Past Lives (Volume 2)by Aryashura; Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    In this second volume of the Garland of Past Lives , Aryashura applies his elegant literary skill toward composing fourteen further stories that depict the Buddha’s quest for enlightenment in his former lives. Here the perfection of forbearance becomes the dominant theme, as the future Buddha suffers mutilations from the wicked and sacrifices himself... more...