The Pancatantra

The Pancatantra : The Book of India's Folk Wisdom

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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. No other Indian work has had a greater influence on world literature, and no other collection of stories has become as popular in India itself. 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, enterprise, and drive counters any preconception of passivity and other-worldliness in ancient Indian society. Patrick Olivelle presents the Pancatantra in all its complexity and rich ambivalence, examining central elements of political and moral philosophy alongside the many controversial issues surrounding its history, including its numerous versions and translations, and the reconstruction of the original text by Franklin Edgerton. This new translation vividly reveals the story-telling powers of the original author, while detailed notes illuminate aspects of ancient Indian society and religion to the non-specialist more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192839888
  • 9780192839886
  • 1,430,311

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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 Collegeshow more

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