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  • A Hundred and One Nightsby Bruce Fudge; Robert Irwin

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 29.75

    Known to us only through North African manuscripts, and translated into English for the first time,  A Hundred and One Nights  is a marvelous example of the rich tradition of popular Arabic storytelling. Like its more famous sibling, the  Thousand and One Nights , this collection opens with the frame story of Shahrazad, the gifted vizier?s daughter... more...

  • Helenae encomiumby Gorgias; Francesco Donadi

    De Gruyter 2016; US$ 42.41

    Die Bibliotheca Teubneriana , established in 1849, has evolved into the world's most venerable and extensive series of editions of Greek and Latin literature, ranging from classical to Neo-Latin texts. Some 4-5 new editions are published every year. more...

  • How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasaby Andrew Skilton

    NYU Press 2016; US$ 19.95

    Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake ( naga ). The Shattered Thighs , attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious... more...

  • 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, Durˇyódhana. 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 Mahaˇbhárata , Durˇyódhana, 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 Mahaˇbhárata , 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...

  • Feverby Samaresh Basu; Arunava Sinha

    Penguin Books Ltd 2016; US$ 14.00

    Ruhiton Kurmi has been in jail for seven years. Once a notorious Naxalite, he is now a withered shell; a man broken by torture, racked with fevers and sores. The only way he can endure his life is by shutting out the past. But when Ruhiton is moved to a better jail and eventually freed, memories return to haunt him. Dark, powerful and full of ambiguities,... more...