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Pancatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom
     

Pancatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom

by Patrick Olivelle
 

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The Pancatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into western languages. A significant influence on the Arabian Nights and the Fables of La Fontaine, the Pancatantra teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal stories. Its positive attitude towards

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The Pancatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into western languages. A significant influence on the Arabian Nights and the Fables of La Fontaine, the Pancatantra teaches the principles of good government and public policy through the medium of animal stories. Its positive attitude towards life and its advocacy of ambition, conventional enterprise, and drive refute any perception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society. Patrick Olivelle's new translation vividly reveals the story-telling powers of the original author and presents the Pancatantra in all its complexity and rich ambivalence. A detailed introduction examines central elements of political and moral philosophy in the text, while extensive notes illuminate aspects of ancient Indian society and religion for the non-specialist reader.

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"A timely new translation and introduction, intelligent, and well informed. Olivelle has done a beautiful job in making these clear and faithful translations. His approach makes these timeless stories accessible to ordinary readers. His introduction offers background and sharp analysis."—William J. Jackson, Indiana University at Indianapolis

"This is an up to date modern translation which will be found useful for all those interested in ancient fables of India."—John Grimes, Michigan State University

"This is without question the best English translation of the Pancatantra."—Richard Lariviere, University of Texas at Austin

"A very useful introduction and an excellent modern translation suitable for all ages. A welcome and long-awaited translation."—N.S.Salgado, Augustana College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199555758
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
688,356
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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University of Texas at Austin

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