Pancatantra: The Book of India's Folk Wisdom (Oxford World's Classics)

The Pancatantra is the main recognized choice of fables in India and was once one of many earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. No different paintings of Indian literature has had a better impression on international literature, and no different choice of tales has turn into as well known in India itself. Patrick Olivelle offers the Pancatantra in all its complexity and wealthy ambivalence, studying valuable parts of political and ethical philosophy along the various debatable matters surrounding its heritage. This new translation vividly finds the story-telling powers of the unique writer, whereas precise notes light up facets of old Indian society and faith to the non-specialist reader.

About the Series: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different worthwhile positive factors, together with professional introductions by way of prime professionals, voluminous notes to elucidate the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra learn, and masses more.

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The Sinister Way: The Divine and the Demonic in Chinese Religious Culture

By Richard von Glahn

The main notable characteristic of Wutong, the preeminent God of Wealth in overdue imperial China, used to be the deity's diabolical personality. Wutong used to be perceived no longer as a heroic determine or paragon of noble features yet particularly as an embodiment of humanity's basest vices, greed and lust, a maleficent demon who preyed at the vulnerable and susceptible. In The Sinister approach, Richard von Glahn examines the emergence and evolution of the Wutong cult in the higher framework of the ancient improvement of chinese language well known or vernacular religion—as against institutional religions similar to Buddhism or Daoism. Von Glahn's learn, spanning 3 millennia, provides due reputation to the morally ambivalent and demonic features of divine energy in the universal chinese language non secular tradition.

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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel

By Neil Gaiman

Newly up-to-date and accelerated with the author’s most well-liked text. A sleek masterpiece from the multiple-award-winning grasp of leading edge fiction, Neil Gaiman.

First released in 2001, American Gods grew to become an fast vintage, lauded for its remarkable synthesis of “mystery, satire, intercourse, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post) and as a contemporary phantasmagoria that “distills the essence of the USA” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). it's the tale of Shadow—released from criminal simply days after his spouse and ally are killed in an accident—who will get recruited to be bodyguard, motive force, and errand boy for the enigmatic trickster, Mr. Wednesday. So starts Shadow’s darkish and unusual highway journey, one who introduces him to a bunch of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined along with his personal. For, underneath the placid floor of way of life, a hurricane is brewing—an epic struggle for the very soul of America—and Shadow is status squarely in its path.

“Pointed, sometimes comedian, usually frightening, continually relocating and provocative….American Gods is strewn with secrets and techniques and magical visions.”—USA Today

“Original, engrossing, and ceaselessly inventive.”—George R. R. Martin

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A Chinese Bestiary : Strange Creatures from the Guideways Through Mountains and Seas

A chinese language Bestiary presents a desirable competition of legendary creatures from a distinct and enduring cosmography written in historical China. The Guideways via Mountains and Seas, compiled among the fourth and primary centuries b.c.e., includes descriptions of 1000s of wonderful denizens of mountains, rivers, islands, and seas, in addition to minerals, plant life, and drugs. The textual content additionally represents quite a lot of ideals held by means of the traditional chinese language. Richard Strassberg brings the Guideways to existence for contemporary readers by means of weaving jointly translations from the paintings itself with details from different texts and up to date archaeological reveals to create a lavishly illustrated advisor to the resourceful global of early China.

Unlike the bestiaries of the past due medieval interval in Europe, the Guideways was no longer interpreted allegorically; the unknown creatures defined in it have been considered as real entities came across during the panorama. The paintings used to be initially used as a sacred geography, as a guidebook for tourists, and as a ebook of omens. this present day, it's considered as the richest repository of historic chinese language mythology and shamanistic knowledge. The Guideways may were illustrated from the beginning, however the earliest surviving illustrations are woodblock engravings from a unprecedented 1597 version. Seventy-six of these plates are reproduced right here for the 1st time, they usually supply an excellent instance of the chinese language engraver's paintings throughout the overdue Ming dynasty.

This attractive quantity, compiled through a well known expert within the box, presents a desirable window at the innovations and ideology of an historical humans, and may pride experts and common readers alike.

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A Wild Swan: And Other Tales

Fairy stories for our occasions from the Pulitzer Prize–winning writer of The Hours

A poisoned apple and a monkey's paw with the facility to alter destiny; a woman whose terribly lengthy hair explanations disaster; a guy with one human arm and one swan's wing; and a home deep within the wooded area, developed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and different Tales, the folks and the talismans of lands a ways, some distance away―the mythic figures of our childhoods and the resource of lots of our wonder―are reworked through Michael Cunningham into tales of chic revelation.

Here are the moments that our fairy stories forgot or intentionally hid: the years after a spell is damaged, the rapturous fast of a miracle without notice discovered, or the destiny of a prince basically part cured of a curse. The Beast stands sooner than you in line on the comfort shop, procuring smokes and a narrow Jim, his devouring smile aimed toward the cashier. A malformed little guy with a knack for minor acts of wizardry is going to disastrous lengths to acquire a toddler. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers dwelling in his mother's basement to getting a task, till the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans.

Reimagined via some of the most proficient storytellers of his new release, and exquisitely illustrated by means of Yuko Shimizu, hardly ever have our bedtime tales been this darkish, this perverse, or this true.

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Prometheus Bound and Other Plays: Prometheus Bound, The Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, The Persians

By Aeschylus

Aeschylus (525–456 BC) introduced a brand new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, elevating it to the prestige of excessive paintings. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by means of Zeus for bold to enhance the country of wretchedness and servitude within which mankind is saved. The Suppliants tells the tale of the fifty daughters of Danaus who needs to flee to flee enforced marriages, whereas Seven opposed to Thebes indicates the inexorable downfall of the final contributors of the cursed relatives of Oedipus. And The Persians, the single Greek tragedy to house occasions from fresh Athenian heritage, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia within the conflict of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes.

Philip Vellacott’s evocative translation is observed through an advent, with person discussions of the performs, and their assets in historical past and mythology.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more suitable by means of introductions and notes through distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Krabat and the Sorcerer's Mill (Selected Titles in the New York Review Children's Collection)

New Year’s has handed. 12th evening is sort of right here. Krabat, a fourteen-year-old beggar boy dressed up as one of many 3 Kings, is touring from village to village making a song carols. One evening he has a wierd dream within which he's summoned through a far off voice to visit a mysterious mill—and while he wakes he's irresistibly drawn there. on the mill he reveals 11 different boys, them all, like him, the apprentices of its grasp, a robust sorcerer, as Krabat quickly discovers. in the course of the week the men paintings endlessly grinding grain, yet on Friday nights the grasp initiates them into the mysteries of the traditional artwork of Arts. in the future, in spite of the fact that, the sound of church bells and of a passing woman making a song an Easter hymn penetrates the men’ legal: eventually a plan is decided in movement that would win them their freedom and positioned an finish to the Master’s darkish designs. 

Krabat & the Sorcerer’s Mill
was considered one of Cornelia Funke’s so much liked books as a toddler, and you may see why. it's a wondrous tale of magic, black and white; of braveness and crafty; and of excessive event.

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Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox

What is in a reputation? utilizing the instance of a recognized monster from Greek delusion, this ebook demanding situations the dominant view legendary image denotes a unmarried, uncomplicated 'figure' and proposes as a substitute to conceptualize the identify 'Scylla' as a mixture of 3 innovations - sea, puppy and lady - whose articulation adjustments through the years. whereas archaic and classical Greek models often emphasize the metaphorical coherence of Scylla's a number of elements, the identify is more and more taken care of as a well-defined but additionally paradoxical build from the overdue fourth century BCE onward. continuing via targeted analyses of Greek and Roman texts and pictures, Professor Hopman exhibits how an analogous identify can variously exhibit anxieties in regards to the sea, canine, competitive ladies and shy maidens, hence supplying an empirical reaction to the semiotic puzzle raised through non-referential right names.

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Women of Classical Mythology: A Biographical Dictionary

By Robert E. Bell

Divinities, people, girl monsters and animals, hermaphrodites, and transsexuals are all right here. girls of Classical Mythology bargains remarkable entry to details on ladies mostly overlooked in reference works on Greek and Roman fantasy and offers a clean examine the better-known figures. all of the 2,600 entries areas its topic either within the total context of classical delusion, and within the body of reference of her better-known counterparts.

For every one determine there's a description of her specific contribution to folklore, and an inventory of a few of the poems, tragedies, epics, and different different types of tales within which she performs a crucial function. additionally, the convenient distinct index, "The males of their Lives," permits readers to find a selected lady recognized basically via her kinfolk. the feminine characters in classical mythology usually offer clues to genealogical, chronological, and historic puzzles. This ebook can be welcomed through classical students for the insights and relationships it finds.

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