The Pancatantra

Paperback | July 31, 2007

byVisnu SarmaTranslated byChandra RajanIntroduction byChandra Rajan

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Enduring and profound, among the earliest and most popular of all books of fables

First recorded 1500 years ago, but taking its origins from a far earlier oral tradition, the Pancatantra is ascribed by legend to the celebrated, half-mythical teacher Visnu Sarma. Asked by a great king to awaken the dulled intelligence of his three idle sons, the aging Sarma is said to have composed the great work as a series of entertaining and edifying fables narrated by a wide range of humans and animals, and together intended to provide the young princes with vital guidance for life. Since first leaving India before AD 570, the Pancatantra has been widely translated and has influenced a cast number of works in India, the Arab world and Europe, including the Arabian Nights, the Canterbury Tales, and the Fables of La Fontaine. 

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Enduring and profound, among the earliest and most popular of all books of fablesFirst recorded 1500 years ago, but taking its origins from a far earlier oral tradition, the Pancatantra is ascribed by legend to the celebrated, half-mythical teacher Visnu Sarma. Asked by a great king to awaken the dulled intelligence of his three idle s...

Tradition ascribes The Pancatantra to Visnu Sarma whose existence has not been conclusively established. Chandra Rajan, a noted Sanskrit scholar, has based her translation on the Purnabhadra recension (AD 1199). While remaining faithful to the original, she breathes new life into the stories, skilfully combining prose and verse to give...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 7.79 × 5.09 × 0.91 inPublished:July 31, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140455205

ISBN - 13:9780140455205

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