By Wendy Doniger"Don't leave out this an identical of a super graduate path froma feisty and exhilarating teacher."
-The Washington Post
An engrossing and definitive narrative account of background and delusion, The Hindus bargains a brand new approach of realizing one of many world's oldest significant religions. Hinduism doesn't lend itself simply to a strictly chronological account. a lot of its imperative texts can't be reliably dated inside of a century; its valuable tenets come up at specific moments in Indian heritage and infrequently range in line with gender or caste; and the variations among teams of Hindus some distance outnumber the commonalities. but the greatness of Hinduism lies accurately in lots of of those idiosyncratic characteristics that maintains to encourage debate this day. This groundbreaking paintings elucidates the connection among recorded heritage and imaginary worlds, the internal existence and the social heritage of Hindus.
By Hiroshi Naito
Rich in kind, Legends of Japan comprises stories of the supernatural, magic, and deities, in addition to stories of romance and intrigue. The vividness and aesthetic charm of those tales is superior by means of twenty-two woodblock prints from the studio of contemporary eastern illustrator Masahiko Nishin.
The stories are drawn from jap masterpieces of the Heian (794-1185) and Kamakura (1192-1333) sessions. the sooner and major resource is 31-volume Konjaku Monogatari, a set of stories of jap, chinese language and Indian starting place. the opposite resource is the miscellany Tsurezure Gusa, by means of Kento Yoshida, a monk of noble start who was once good versed in eastern and chinese language literature. A reader's satisfaction, those little books distills the colour and beauty, the knowledge and humor of 2 nice treasuries of classical Asian literature.
By John MatthewsSir Gawain, the nephew of King Arthur, was an important knight at Arthur's courtroom. but because the approval for the Arthurian romances grew the nature of Gawain turned more and more lowered in renowned literature. John Matthews, one of many world's major students of Arthurian mythology, explores the phenomenon that inspired the recasting of Gawain from hero to villain, delivering a scholarly context during which Gawain's position because the consultant of the Goddess upon Earth, the true eco-friendly Knight of Camelot and Sovereignty's Champion, could be restored. additionally, the writer provides a different view of the mythology of england and its connections with the historic alterations that came about over many thousands of years within the non secular and mystical traditions of the rustic.
By Mike VasichHe's known as the Trickster, the Sly One. For eons, he has manipulated and performed the gods opposed to one another. Now the time has come to head past petty schemes and grab the main strong throne in lifestyles. in response to the vintage stories, Mike Vasich breathes new lifestyles into the main complicated god within the Norse mythos.
Relihan makes use of alliteration and assonance, rhythm and rhyme, the occasional archaism, the infrequent neologism, and units of punctuation and typography, to create a glowing, sumptuous, and readable translation that reproduces anything of the linguistic and comedian results of the unique Latin. the overall creation is a masterpiece of readability, orienting the reader in concerns of authorship, narration, style, faith, constitution and elegance. A beneficiant and browsable index, decide upon bibliography, and maps are included.
By Roberto PeregalliThe Embroidered Armour examines the Greek Mysteries, mythology and legends that heralded a revolution in considering among the time of Homer and Plato, which gave beginning to the Western cultural culture.
By Jesse L. ByockWritten in Iceland a century after the shut of the Viking Age, The Prose Edda is the resource of such a lot of what we all know of Norse mythology. Its stories are peopled via giants, dwarves, and elves, superhuman heroes and indomitable warrior queens. Its gods stay with the tragic wisdom in their personal drawing close destruction within the cataclysmic conflict of Ragnarok. Its time scale spans the eons from the world’s construction to its violent finish. This strong new translation captures the magisterial sweep and startling psychological complexity of the outdated Icelandic original.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable by means of introductions and notes by means of exceptional students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.
By Sarah Ruhl
“Passionate. Show-stopping. Daringly over-the-top and impressively constant in its delirious extra. The fresh House shines.”—New Haven Advocate
“The fresh House isn't, whatsoever, a conventional boy-meets-girl tale. in truth disorder, loss of life, and grime are one of the topics it addresses. This comedy is romantic, deeply so, yet within the extra arcane feel of the observe: visionary, tinged with fable, extravagant in feeling, might be a bit nuts.”—The ny Times
“Touching, artistic, invigoratingly compact, and luminously liquid, Eurydice reframes the traditional fantasy of ill-fated like to concentration now not at the bereaved musician yet on his lifeless bride—and on her fight with love past the grave.”—San Francisco Chronicle
This quantity is the 1st booklet of Sarah Ruhl, “a playwright with a distinct comedian voice, point of view, and experience of theater” (Variety), who's quickly leaving her mark at the American degree. within the award-winning Clean House—a play of unusual romance and unusual comedy—a maid who hates cleansing desires approximately developing the suitable funny story, whereas a physician who treats melanoma leaves his middle within considered one of his sufferers. This quantity additionally comprises Eurydice, Ruhl’s reinvention of the tragic Greek story of affection and loss, including a 3rd play nonetheless to be named.
Sarah Ruhl bought the distinguished Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2004 for her play The fresh House, which has been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, and Woolly tremendous Theatre corporation in Washington, DC. Her play Eurydice has been produced at Madison Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.