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  • Kuralby Tiruvalluvar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; US$ 11.88

    A celebrated work by the greatest poet of classical Tamil literature Tiruvalluvar probably lived and wrote between the second century BC and the eighth century AD though his dates have not been conclusively established. The work by which he is known, the Kural, comprises 1,330 couplets and is divided into three sections?Virtue, Wealth and Love?and... more...

  • Kamba Ramayanaby P S Sundaram

    Penguin Books Ltd 2002; US$ 16.98

    A masterly translation of the Tamil version of Ramayana The epic story of Rama, which is part of the Indian collective consciousness, has been retold in many regional languages. Pre-eminent among the many vernacular retellings of the Ramayana is the twelfth-century Tamil version by Kamban. The son of a temple drummer, Kamban is reputed to have had... more...

  • It?s a City-showman?s Show!by Imre Bangha

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 16.98

    The monsoon night passes like a knife? again and again the heart is cut away The seventeenth-century ascetic Anandghan (Cloud of Bliss) is one of the outstanding poets of Jain vernacular literature. His transcendental songs have been popular for over three centuries and remain part of the Jain devotional canon even today. Anandghan?s songs?which... more...

  • Subhashitavaliby A N D Haskar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 16.98

    The subhashita verse is a popular feature of Sanskrit literature. Composed in isolation or as part of a larger work, it is essentially a miniature poem which encapsulates a complete thought, mood or image in a single stanza. These verse epigrams have a wide range of themes. This selection from the Subhashitavali, a celebrated verse anthology compiled... more...

  • Jillby Amy Dillwyn; Kirsti Bohata

    Honno Press 2013; US$ 8.74

    Jill is the story of an unconventional heroine a gentlewoman who disguises herself as a maid and runs away to London in search of adventure after her mother dies and her father is pursued by a Victorian gold-digger. Once in London she uses her position as lady?s maid to become close to her mistress. Her life above and below stairs is portrayed with... more...

  • The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literatureby Peter E. Knox; J. C. McKeown

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 31.99

    Though the wonders of ancient Roman culture continue to attract interest across the disciplines, it is difficult to find a lively, accessible collection of the full range of the era's literature in English. The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature provides a general introduction to the literature of the Roman empire at its zenith, between the second... more...

  • Fighting Words and Feuding Wordsby Thomas R. Walsh

    Lexington Books 2005; US$ 37.99

    Fighting Words and Feuding Words engages the powerful tools of Homeric poetic analysis and the anthropological study of emotion in an analysis of two anger terms highlighted in the Iliad by the Achaean prophet Calchas. Walsh argues that kotos and kholos locate two focal points for the study of aggression in Homeric poetry, the first presenting Homer's... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedyby Michael Fontaine; Adele C. Scafuro

    Oxford University Press, USA 2013; US$ 174.99

    In recent decades literary approaches to drama have multiplied: new historical, intertextual, political, performative and metatheatrical, socio-linguistic, gender-driven, transgenre-driven. New information has been amassed, sometimes by re-examination of extant literary texts and material artifacts, at other times from new discoveries from the fields... more...

  • The Living Goddessby Isabella Tree

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 20.38

    In a small medieval palace on Kathmandu?s Durbar Square lives Nepal?s famous Living Goddess?a child chosen from the Buddhist caste of goldsmiths whose role is to watch over the country and protect its people. Once she attains puberty, another girl takes her place. To Nepalis she is the embodiment of Devi and for centuries the kings of Nepal have sought... more...

  • Tales from the Kathasaritsagaraby Somadeva

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; US$ 16.98

    The vast ocean of stories that influenced storytelling the world over 'The Kathasaritasagara' is said to have been compiled by a Kashmiri Saivite Brahmin called Somadeva in AD 1070, although the date has not been conclusively established. Legend has it that Somadeva composed the Kathasaritasagara for Queen Suryavati, wife of King Anantadeva who ruled... more...