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Tales of Ancient India

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"This admirably produced and well-translated volume of stories from the Sanskrit takes the Western reader into one of the Golden Ages of India. . . . The world in which the tales are set is one which placed a premium upon slickness and guile as aids to success. . . . Merchants, aristocrats, Brahmins, thieves and courtesans mingle with vampires, demi-gods and the hierarchy of heaven in a series of lively or passionate adventures. The sources of the individual stories are clearly indicated; the whole treatment is scholarly without being arid."—The Times Literary Supplement

"Fourteen tales from India, newly translated with a terse and vibrant effectiveness. These tales will appeal to any reader who enjoys action, suspense, characterization, and suspension of disbelief in the supernatural."—The Personalist

Table of Contents

Introduction

The King and the Corpse

The Faithful Suitors

The Transposed Heads

The Three Fastidious Brahmins

The Three Sensitive Queens

The Man Who Changed Sexes

The King and the Spiteful Seductress

The Son of Three Fathers

The Boy Who Sacrificed Himself

Four Who Made a Lion

The Rejuvenated Hermit

The Insoluble Riddle

The Tale of Two Bawds

The Man Who Impersonated God Visnu

The City of Gold

The Red Lotus of Chastity

Gomukha's Escapade

Two Tales of Destiny

Destiny Triumphant

Destiny Conquered

The Perfect Bride

The Buddhist King of Taxila

The Brahmin Who Knew a Spell

Mahosadha's Judgment

The Prince and the Painted Fairy

Two Kingdoms Won

The First Prince's Story

The Second Prince's Story

The Travels of Sanudasa the Merchant

A Note on the Sources

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226846477
Translator:
van Buitenen, J. A. B.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Translator:
Van Buitenen, J. A.
Translator:
Van Buitenen, J. A. B.
Author:
Van Buitenen, J. A. B.
Author:
Buitenen, J. A. B. Van
Author:
Van Buitenen, J. A.
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
History, criticism and surveys
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
19690731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
267
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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