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Tales of Ancient India
Author: J. A. B. van Buitenen

ISBN: 9780226846477
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17 December 1958
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0 x 2.0
Description:
"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"

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