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  • 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...

  • Mahabharata Book Six (Volume 2)by Alex Cherniak

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    This second half of Bhishma describes the events from the beginning of the fifth day till the end of the tenth of the great battle between the Káuravas and the Pándavas. Despite grandfather Bhishma?s appeal to conclude peace with the Pándavas, Duryódhana continues the bloody battle. The key strategist is general Bhishma, commander... more...

  • The Lady of the Jewel Necklace & The Lady who Shows her Loveby Harsha; Wendy Doniger

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    King Harsha, who reigned over the kingdom of Kanauj from 606 to 647 CE, composed two Sanskrit plays about the mythical figures of King Udayana, his queen, Vásava·datta, and two of his co-wives. The plays abound in mistaken identities, both political and erotic. The characters masquerade as one another and, occasionally, as themselves, and each play... more...

  • Garland of the Buddha?s Past Lives (Volume 1)by Aryashura; Justin Meiland

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    The Garland of Past Lives is a collection of thirty four stories depicting the miraculous deeds performed by the Buddha in his previous rebirths. Composed in the fourth century C.E. by the Buddhist monk Aryashura, the text?s accomplished artistry led Indian aesthetic theorists to praise its elegant mixture of verse and prose. The twenty stories... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Twelve (Volume 3)by Alex Wynne

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    The Book of Liberation is perhaps the most enigmatic philosophical text from ancient India. Presented as the teachings of Bhishma as he lies dying on the battlefield, after the epic war between the Pándavas and Káuravas, it was composed by unknown authors in the last centuries BCE, during the early period of world-renunciation, when peripatetic... more...

  • Mahabharata Books Ten and Elevenby Kate Crosby

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    The great war of the Maha bharata is over. Or is it? This is a single extended family wracked in conflict. Both sides succumbed to treachery. Ashva tthaman, the young leader of the three survivors on the losing side, is incensed at his father?s murder. He returns after dark to the now sleeping encampment. The sacrifice of the unsuspecting champions,... more...

  • Mahabharata Book Seven (Volume 2)by Vaughan Pilikian

    NYU Press 2017; US$ 19.95

    Volume Two of "Drona" begins in the aftermath of tragedy. As evening falls, Arjuna journeys wearily back to camp and is greeted by the ashen faces of his brothers. Before they speak, he guesses the worst. And the worst is right: his son Abhimanyu is dead. Arjuna is inconsolable. Insensible with rage, he vows to take revenge on the boy?s killers. He... more...

  • The Sorcerer's Apprenticeby Jack Zipes; Natalie Frank

    Princeton University Press 2017; US$ 35.00 US$ 31.85

    "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" might conjure up images of Mickey Mouse from the Disney film Fantasia , or of Harry Potter. As this anthology reveals, however, "sorcerer's apprentice" tales?in which a young person rebels against, or complies with, an authority who holds the keys to magical powers?have been told through the centuries, in many languages... more...

  • Homèreby Encyclopaedia Universalis

    Primento Digital Publishing 2017; US$ 4.99

    Partez à la découverte d'Homère avec ce Grand Article Universalis ! Homère : un homme ou des hommes inconnus. Mais, pour donner vie à ce nom à travers les âges, deux poèmes, deux «vivants» eux-mêmes, l'un plus héroïque, l'autre plus romanesque, L'Iliade et L'Odyssée. Les civilisations antiques ont pu s'effondrer, partout où il s'est trouvé des...... more...

  • Aiasby Sophocles

    Dancing Unicorn Books 2017; US$ 0.99

    Sophocles' play is a famous retelling of Aias's (Ajax's) demise. After the armor is awarded to Odysseus, Aias feels so insulted that he wants to kill Agamemnon and Menelaus. Athena intervenes and clouds his mind and vision, and he goes to a flock of sheep and slaughters them, imagining they are the Achaean leaders, including Odysseus and Agamemnon.... more...