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Ancient, Classical & Medieval

  • Jaufre (Routledge Revivals)by Unknown; Arthur G. Ross

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 44.95

    This translation, first published in 1992, presents one of the most memorable medieval ballads, largely because it contains a number of surprises and falsified expectations. Jaufre, the hero, arrives at the court of King Arthur with a total and na´ve faith in the King and his ability to effect a total transformation in his followers by inducting... more...

  • The Roman Paratextby Laura Jansen

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 79.00

    The first synoptic study of the interplay of frame, texts and readers in classical studies. more...

  • I Chingby Kerson Huang

    World Scientific Publishing Company 2014; US$ 49.00

    This book contains a dramatic and revealing translation of this ancient classic into English. The Chinese original is set side-by-side with the translation. Two things set this work apart from other translated versions. First, archeological findings are used to uncover the meaning of passages obscured for thousands of years. Second, it preserves the... more...

  • Homeric Hymnsby Diane J. Rayor

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 24.95

    The Homeric Hymns have survived for two and a half millennia because of their captivating stories, beautiful language, and religious significance. Well before the advent of writing in Greece, they were performed by traveling bards at religious events, competitions, banquets, and festivals. These thirty-four poems invoking and celebrating the gods... more...

  • The Seduction of Shivaby A N D Haskar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    The god Shiva is utterly seduced by Mohini, the enchanting female form assumed by the god Vishnu during the churning of the ocean for nectar. A barber employs wit and wile and rumours of witchcraft to win his wife back from the lustful attentions of their king. The celestial nymph Urvashi curses the Pandava prince Arjuna when he rejects her sexual... more...

  • The Courtesan's Keeperby Kshemendra; A N D Haskar

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    This feast of smiles was put together giving the secret strategies and all the tricks of courtesans One of Kshemendra?s finest satires, The Courtesan?s Keeper is a delightful and rambunctious rendition of the life and times of the courtesan Kankali as she teaches the ways of the world to her ward Kalavati. From the attractive courtesan and her shrewd... more...

  • Text to Traditionby Deven M. Patel

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 49.99

    Written in the twelfth century, the Naisadhiyacarita (The Adventures of Nala, King of Nisadha) is a seminal Sanskrit poem beloved by South Asian literary communities for nearly a millennium. This volume introduces readers to the poem?s author, his reading communities, the modes through which the poem has been read and used, the contexts through which... more...

  • Mahabharataby Bibek Debroy

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; 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...

  • Face to Faceby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    Blind since the age of four, Ved Mehta led a lonely and turbulent childhood in India until he was accepted to the Arkansas School for the Blind, to which he flew alone at fifteen. America and the school changed his life, leading to degrees at Oxford and Harvard Universities and a fruitful writing career. Face to Face (1957), Mehta?s first book, is... more...

  • The Essential Ved Mehtaby Ved Mehta

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    The Essential Ved Mehta is the definitive collection of the author?s work, containing excerpts from nearly all his writings, many of which first appeared in William Shawn?s New Yorker. It begins with his first book, the classic autobiography highlighting his blindness, Face to Face, and goes on to feature, among others, his iconic books about India... more...