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  • Selected Poemsby Kamala Das

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 16.98

    A major poet in English, Kamala Das?s taboo-breaking work explores themes of love and betrayal, the corporeal and the spiritual, while celebrating female sexuality and remaining deeply rooted in the poet?s ancestral tradition and landscape.A rigorous selection from her oeuvre?six published volumes and other uncollected and previously unpublished poems?this... more...

  • Selections from Ystorya Bown o Hamtwnby Erich Poppe; Regine Reck

    University of Wales Press 2009; US$ 25.00

    ‘Selections of Ystorya Bown o Hamtwn’ provides edited selections, together with an introduction, notes, and glossary, from a long and entertaining thirteenth century Welsh text which belongs to the genre of medieval translations. more...

  • Simhasana Dvatrimsikaby A N D Haskar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2007; US$ 16.98

    Classic tales of courage and compassion The fabled monarch Vikramaditya is considered a model of kingly virtues, and his reign a golden age. These famous stories narrated by the thirty-two statuettes of nymphs supporting the magic throne of Vikramaditya extol his courage, compassion and extraordinary magnanimity. They are set in a framework recounting... 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...

  • Symposium and Phaedrusby Plato

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 3.00

    Two important dialogues offer crucial insights into mystical and aesthetic aspects of Platonic doctrine. Symposium attempts to find the ultimate manifestation of the love that controls the world, leading to mystic union with eternal and supercosmic beauty. Phaedrus discusses the psychology of love, resulting in the concept of the familiar Platonic... 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...

  • Tilism-e-Hoshrubaby Shahnaz Aijazuddin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; US$ 16.98

    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...

  • Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearlsby Marco Polo

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 3.18

    'You will hear it for yourselves, and it will surely fill you with wonder...' In this selection from Marco Polo's famous travel book, the intrepid Venetian describes the customs of India, recounts the story of the king who died eighty-four times and explains how to retrieve diamonds from snake-infested caves... Introducing Little Black Classics:... more...

  • Trimalchio's Feastby Petronius

    Penguin Books Ltd 2015; US$ 3.18

    'I blush to say what happened next.' A satirical portrait of a drunken, orgiastic Roman banquet, hosted by the grossly ostentatious Trimalchio. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many... more...

  • The Wakefield Mystery Playsby Martial Rose

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    Four hundred years ago the medieval mystery plays, presented each year in various English villages to teach the stories of the Bible to the illiterate population, were the great classic English dramas. Queen Elizabeth I banned these plays because she considered them Roman Catholic, and since then the texts have been available only to scholars.  ... more...