Folktales from India; A Selection of Oral Tales from Twenty-Two Languages

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Folktales from India is an enchanting collection of one hundred and ten tales translated from twenty-two different languages, by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic. Gods disguised as beggars and beasts; animals enacting Machiavellian intrigues: sagacious jesters and magical storytellers; wise counselors and foolish kings -- all of these inhabit a fabular world, yet one firmly grounded in everyday life. Augmented by A. K. Ramanujan's definitive introduction and notes, this...
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Overview

Folktales from India is an enchanting collection of one hundred and ten tales translated from twenty-two different languages, by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic. Gods disguised as beggars and beasts; animals enacting Machiavellian intrigues: sagacious jesters and magical storytellers; wise counselors and foolish kings -- all of these inhabit a fabular world, yet one firmly grounded in everyday life. Augmented by A. K. Ramanujan's definitive introduction and notes, this is an indispensable guide to India's ageless folklore tradition.
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"A truly remarkable collection...from the introduction to the explanatory notes, the entire book outstandingly demonstrates the enduring strength of Indian folklore tradition."

-- Library Journal

"The variety of subjects contributes to the richness of this fascinating book."

-- Washington Times

"A major addition to the corpus of folktales of the world."

-- Edward C. Dimock, JR.,

Chairman, American Institute of Indian Studies

"This collection of Indian folktales is unparalleled-in its scope of sources...a rich and fascinating tapestry of stories...infused with the author's unique sense of humor and sense of beauty."

-- Wendy Doniger,

author of Other People's Myths and Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679748328
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 656,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Attipat Krishnaswami Ramanujan (1959-1993) was a trans-disciplinary scholar, poet, translator, linguist, and folklorist. His works included Hymns for the Drowning, A Flowering Tree and Other Oral Tales from India, and Folktales from India.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    interesting

    It was a very good book with lots of enchanting stories, but at times it can be hard to read. other than this I highly recommend you read it, its worth it!

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