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Two prominent translators present the first complete English-language edition of one of India's greatest works of classical literature: the Purananuru. This anthology of four hundred poems by more than 150 poets between the first and third centuries C.E. in old Tamil — the literary language of ancient Tamilnadu — was composed before Aryan influence had penetrated the south. It is thus a unique testament to pre-Aryan India.

Beyond its importance for understanding the development of South Asia's history, culture, religion, and linguistics, the Purananuru is a great work of literature, reflecting accurately and profoundly the life of southern India 2,000 years ago. One of the few works of classical India that confronts life without the insulation of a philosophical facade and that makes no basic assumptions about karma and the afterlife, the Purananuru has universal appeal. It faces the world as a great and unsolved mystery, delving into living and dying, despair, love, poverty, and the changing nature of existence.

To this hidden gem of world literature George L. Hart and Hank Heifetz add a helpful appendix, an annotated bibliography, and an excellent introduction describing the work and placing it in its social and historical context.

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Hart (south and southeast Asian studies, U. of California-Berkeley) and translator Heifetz offer the first complete English-language edition of the work of Indian classical literature. The anthology represents over 150 poets writing in old Tamil, the literary language of ancient Tamilnadu some 2,000 years ago.
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THE FOUR HUNDRED POEMS that comprise the Purananuru embody a literary tradition unique in its origins and peculiar traits. One of the oldest Tamil works in existence, this anthology, compiled almost two thousand years ago, vividly depicts the public life of pre-Aryan southern India.

The two translators have rendered this South Asian literary treasure in vibrant English verse and supplied introductions to the work and its cultural context, as well as a guide to the poems' thematic content. Resembling no other examples of world literature so much as the Homeric epics in its freshness and directness of expression, the Purananuru includes powerful meditations on the core themes of a warrior society — heroism, death, glory, and stoicism — that speak not only to Tamils or to Indians, but to the entire human race.

Synopsis:

Two prominent translators present the first complete English-language edition of one of India's greatest works of classical literature: the "Purananuru," This anthology of four hundred poems by more than 150 poets between the first and third centuries C.E. delves into living and dying, despair, love, poverty, and the changing nature of existence.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231115629
Editor:
Hart, George L.
Editor:
Heifetz, Hank
Translator:
Heifetz, Hank
Editor:
Hart, George L.
Editor:
Heifetz, Hank
Author:
Hart, George L.
Translator:
Heifetz, Hank
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Collections
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Tamil poetry
Subject:
Puöranåaönåuöru
Subject:
War poetry, Tamil
Subject:
War poetry, Tamil - Translations into English
Subject:
Tamil poetry -- To 1500.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Translations from the Asian Classics (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
105-25
Publication Date:
19991231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
436
Dimensions:
9.35x6.30x1.26 in. 1.71 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , THE FOUR HUNDRED POEMS that comprise the Purananuru embody a literary tradition unique in its origins and peculiar traits. One of the oldest Tamil works in existence, this anthology, compiled almost two thousand years ago, vividly depicts the public life of pre-Aryan southern India.

The two translators have rendered this South Asian literary treasure in vibrant English verse and supplied introductions to the work and its cultural context, as well as a guide to the poems' thematic content. Resembling no other examples of world literature so much as the Homeric epics in its freshness and directness of expression, the Purananuru includes powerful meditations on the core themes of a warrior society — heroism, death, glory, and stoicism — that speak not only to Tamils or to Indians, but to the entire human race.

"Synopsis" by , Two prominent translators present the first complete English-language edition of one of India's greatest works of classical literature: the "Purananuru," This anthology of four hundred poems by more than 150 poets between the first and third centuries C.E. delves into living and dying, despair, love, poverty, and the changing nature of existence.
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