Love Song of the Dark Lord: Jayadeva's Gitagovinda / Edition 1

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Overview

Jayadeva's dramatic lyrical poem Gitagovinda is one of the most important works in Indian literature and a source of religious inspiration in both medieval and contemporary Vaishnavism. Revealing an intense earthly passion to express the complexities of divine and human love, its songs are an important part of Indian devotional music and literature.

The twentith anniversary edition of the renowned translation by noted scholar Barbara Stoler MIller brings this classic to a new generation of readers and offers fresh insights for those familiar with the text.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

Excellent...[This translation] beautifully renders the Sanskrit lyric into poetic English and captures the rich imagery and musical rythms of Jayadeva's language.

ASIA Bulletin

This Gitagovinda will be the English standard for our generation.

Choice

Excellent...[This translation] beautifully renders the Sanskrit lyric into poetic English and captures the rich imagery and musical rythms of Jayadeva's language.

Parabola
Miller's volume is an essential contribution to Indian study and to poetry in translation in general. She has given us the Indian equivalent of the Song of Songs without the usual sentimentality.
ASIA Bulletin
This Gitagovinda will be the English standard for our generation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231110976
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/1997
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: 20TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,019,301
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Stoller Miller translated many works of Indian literature, including The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War and The Hermit & the Love Thief: Sanskrit Poems of Bharitrihari and Bilhana (both Columbia).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by John Stratton HawleyPrefaceA Note on Sanskrit PronunciationIntroduction1. Jayadeva: The Wandering Poet2. The Lyrical Structure of Jayadeva's Poem3. Jayadeva's Language for Love4. Krishna: Cosmic Cowherd Lover5. Radha: Consort of Krishna's Springtime PassionNotesGitagovinda: Translation

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