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  • Mahabharata Vol. 3by Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; Not Available

    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 Giver of the Worn Garland KRISHNADEVARAYA'S AMUKTAMALYADAby SRINIVAS REDDY

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    And below her hair; she would put on a garland and spend a few minutes just gazing into a pond; seeing her reflection and satisfying her desire before turning away and returning the worn garland to her flower basket The emperor Krishnadevaraya?s epic poem Amuktamalyada (Giver of the Worn Garland) depicts the life of the medieval Vaisnava poet-saint... more...

  • Love Stands Aloneby A R Venkatachalapthy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    The breathtaking poems in Love Stands Alone speak to us across time, space, language and culture. The interior, akam, and the exterior, puram, form their two overarching themes. The akam poems are concerned with love in all its varied situations: clandestine and illicit; conjugal happiness and infidelity; separation and union. The puram poems encompass... more...

  • The River Speaksby Elizabeth Rani Segran; V. N. Muthukumar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    In the ancient Tamil country, the Vaiyai was much more than a mighty river rushing towards the sea. People knew the river intimately and lived their lives upon its banks. In these exquisite poems from the distant past (second to eighth century CE), we glimpse the ebb and flow of everyday life: the bathing, the water games, the lovers? quarrels and... more...

  • Antigoneby Intet fornavn Sofokles; Peter Brandes; Otto Steen Due

    Aarhus University Press 2004; US$ 16.52

    Sofokles' tragedie Antigone, som opførtes første gang i Athen for knap 2500 år siden, har ikke siden op­hørt med at inspirere både ved læsning og op­fø­relser. Tragedien er bearbejdet af talrige dramatikere og in­struk­tører og er stadig i sin problemstilling så aktuel som ved sin førsteopførelse. Og ingen bearbejdelser er bedre end originalen.Problemet... more...

  • Mahabharata Vol. 6by Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    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 the Kouravas and the Pandavas that led to the battle of Kurukshetra. It has innumerable sub-plots that accommodate fascinating meanderings and digressions, and it has rarely been translated in full,... more...

  • Fastiby Anne Wiseman; Peter Wiseman

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    Times and their reasons, arranged in order through the Latin year, and constellations sunk beneath the earth and risen, I shall sing.'Ovid's poetical calendar of the Roman year is both a day by day account of festivals and observances and their origins, and a delightful retelling of myths and legends associated with particular dates. Written... more...

  • Hats and Doctorsby Upendranath Ashk; Daisy Rockwell

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    Hats and Doctors offers English readers the opportunity to savour, for the first time, the work of Upendranath Ashk, one of Hindi literature?s best-known authors. The stories in this collection often display a wry sense of humour, such as ?The Dal Eaters? in which a family of cheapskates journeys to Kashmir. While Ashk?s satirical eye is employed to... more...

  • Tilism-e-Hoshrubaby Shahnaz Aijazuddin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    Tilism-e-Hoshruba is an epic narrative of the adventures of the legendary Persian hero Emir Hamza?the protagonist of Hamza Nama?his sons and grandsons. The epic opens with the commander-in-chief of the Islamic army, Hamza, pursuing Laqa, who makes false claims to divinity. Laqa takes refuge in Kohistan, adjacent to the enchanted land of Hoshruba, ruled... more...

  • The Loom Of Timeby Kalidasa

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    Kalidasa is the greatest poet and playwright in classical Sanskrit literature and one of the greatest in world literature. Kalidasa is said to have lived and composed his work at the close of the first millennium BC though his dates have not been conclusively established. In all, seven of his works have survived: three plays, three long poems and an... more...