Folktales from India: A Selection of Oral Tales from Twenty-two Languages

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A. K. Ramanujan
Pantheon Books, 1991 - Fiction - 345 pages
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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 the author (1991)

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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