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Folk Tales 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 is an indispensable guide to India's ageless folklore tradition. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library"

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  • Paperback | 321 pages
  • 156 x 226 x 28mm | 498.95g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • B & W DRAWINGS THROUGHOUT
  • 0679748326
  • 9780679748328
  • 229,950

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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 is an indispensable guide to India's ageless folklore tradition.

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About A. K. Ramanujan

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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Folktales from India is an enchanting collection of one hundred and ten tales translated form twenty-two different languages, by turns harrowing and comic, sardonic and allegorical, mysterious and romantic.

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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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