Clay Sanskrit Library newsletter May 2007

Tomo Kono tomo.kono at MAC.COM
Sun May 27 14:26:48 UTC 2007

Dear colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to the May issue of the Clay  
Sanskrit Library newsletter which includes information on newly  
published and forthcoming volumes.

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I apologise in advance for cross-posting.

Tomoyuki Kono
Clay Sanskrit Library

Clay Sanskrit Library Newsletter: May 2007
Welcome to the May edition of the Clay Sanskrit Library Newsletter.  
In this Spring issue we are proud to announce the release of four new  
volumes, including the two plays by Harsha, to mark the Spring  
Festival (Vasantotsava)! These great books will be followed in the  
summer by another four volumes. We are also pleased to present more  
downloads on our website, and links to some recent reviews we have  


Four New Volumes Now Available <#1>
New Releases in August <#2>
Recent CSL Reviews <#3>
New CSL Web Pages and Resources <#4>


The twists and turns in King Harsha’s two plays about a lady are
guaranteed to intrigue every reader. Translation of the famous epic of
the Maha·bhárata is in full swing with two new volumes available
this spring. We also offer the first volume of the monumental
narrative of the Ocean of the Rivers of Story. Of course, excerpts
from all these volumes are available on our website
and you can also read translators’ personal accounts of their
volumes in their insights pages

“The Lady of the Jewel Necklace” and “The Lady Who Shows Her
Love” <>
by Harṣa
Wendy Doniger

Download excerpt
Read Translator’s Insights

Maha·bhárata Book Four: Viráta
Kathleen Garbutt

Download excerpt
Read Translator’s Insights

Maha·bhárata Book Eight: Karna (volume one of two)
	Adam Bowles

Download excerpt
Book extras: emendations to the Sanskrit Text
Read Translator’s Insights

The Ocean of the Rivers of Story (volume one of nine)
by Somadeva
Sir James Mallinson

Download excerpt
Read Translator’s Insights


These four volumes are scheduled for August 2007. You can also read
some of the translators’ Insights
on these volumes.

“Friendly Advice” by Nārāyaṇa & “King Víkrama’s
Judit Törzsök

“Friendly Advice” combines numerous animal fables with human
stories. In one tale an intrusive ass is simply thrashed by his
master, but the meddlesome monkey ends up with his testicles crushed.
This volume also contains the compact version of “King Víkrama’s
Adventures,” thirty-two popular tales about a generous emperor, told
by thirty-two statuettes adorning his lion-throne.

Handsome Nanda
by Aśvaghoṣa
Linda Covill

Nanda has it all—youth, money, good looks and a kittenish wife who
fulfils his sexual and emotional needs. He also has the Buddha, a
dispassionate man of immense insight and self-containment, for an
older brother. When Nanda is made a reluctant recruit to the
Buddha’s order of monks, he is forced to confront his all-too-human
enslavement to his erotic and romantic desires.
Read Translator’s Insights

Maha·bhárata Book Nine: Shalya (volume two of two)
	Justin Meiland

In one of the most famous passages in the “Maha·bhárata,”
Dur·yódhana, the heroic but flawed king of the Káuravas, meets his
end when he is dishonorably defeated in battle by his arch enemy,
Bhima. Framing a fascinating account of the sacred sites along the
river Sarásvati, the duel poignantly portrays the downfall of a once
great hero in the face of a new order governed by Krishna, in which
the warrior code is brushed aside in order to ensure the predestined
triumph of the Pándavas.

Read Translator’s Insights

Rama’s Last Act
by Bhavabhūti
	Sheldon I. Pollock

“Rama’s Last Act” by Bhava·bhuti is counted among the
greatest Sanskrit dramas. The work at once dramatizes the
“Ramáyana”—it is one of the earliest theatrical adaptations of
Valmíki’s epic masterpiece—and revises its most intractable
episode, the hero’s rejection of his beloved wife. Human agency in
the face of destiny, the power of love, and the capacity of art to
make sense of such mysteries are the themes explored in this singular
literary achievement of the Indian stage.


Mint (Hindustan Times Media Company): “Finally, Sanskrit in Your
Pocket: This hardback version of Kalidasa's Shakuntala is for the
erudite as well as the lay reader” (HTML). Read the article
(and resulting discussion) on the review author’s blog, The Middle

Review of “Much Ado About Religion” on Amigos-Word (HTML):
“This Clay Sanskrit Library edition is an attractive dual-language
volume, with the Sanskrit transliterated in Roman script facing the
English translation, and includes a useful introduction as well as
editorial notes.” Read the article
on the review author’s blog, Amigos-Word.


Read “Into the Fray,” a new introduction to the Maha·bhárata
written by Vaughan Pilikian.

We have a new page
listing all current and future CSL volumes in Sanskrit alphabetical

You can read what customers and reviewers have been writing about us
on Feedback <> page.

We have a new book extras page
which provides text-critical notes to the Sanskrit text of The Birth
of Kumára (Kumārasaṃbhava)
<>. This is a  
corrected and expanded version of the notes in the printed edition  
(pp. 348–50).

Another new book extras page
lists emendations to the Sanskrit text and some text-critical notes
which are not included in the printed edition of Maha·bhárata Book
VIII: Karna (volume one of two)

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