City of Mirrors: Songs of Lalan Sai

Hardcover | July 28, 2017

byCarol Salomon

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Carol Salomon dedicated over thirty years of her life to researching, translating, and annotating this compilation of songs by the Bengali poet and mystical philosopher Lalan Sai who lived in the village of Cheuriya in Bengal in the latter half of the nineteenth-century. One major objective ofhis lyrical riddles was to challenge the restrictions of cultural, political, and sexual identity, and his songs accordingly express a longing to understand humanity, its duties, and its ultimate destiny. His songs also contain thinly veiled references to esoteric yogic practices (sadhana),including body-centered Hathayogic techniques that are related to those found in Buddhist, Kaula, Natha, and Sufi medieval tantric literature. Dr. Salomon's translation of the work is the first dedicated English translation of Lalan's songs to closely follow the Bangla text, with all of its dialectical variations, and is here produced alongside the original text. Although her untimely death left her work unpublished, the editors haveworked diligently to reconstruct her translations from her surviving printed and handwritten manuscripts. The result is a finished product that can finally share her groundbreaking scholarship with the world.

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Carol Salomon dedicated over thirty years of her life to researching, translating, and annotating this compilation of songs by the Bengali poet and mystical philosopher Lalan Sai who lived in the village of Cheuriya in Bengal in the latter half of the nineteenth-century. One major objective ofhis lyrical riddles was to challenge the re...

Carol Salomon was, at the time of her death in 2009, Senior Lecturer in Bengali in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature of the University of Washington. Saymon Zakaria is Assistant Director of the Bangla Academy. He has delivered academic lectures on language, literature, and culture at the University of Chicago, the Unive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:664 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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