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Author: T R S Sharma
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812600794X
This anthology with 2125 pages spread over in three volumes is the outcome of a monumental project and consists of selections in translation of Indian literature from the beginning to AD 1100. The selections of passages included in these volumes focus on the Indian world view, man's life in general and particular, and how these are reflected in literature.
The anthology provides a fairly detailed historical survey which reveals the major trends and changes in the development of literatures during the given period.
Volume One covers Vedic Sanskrit and Pali texts together since they represent two scriptural traditions which have given rise to two major religions of the world. These texts depict the entire spectrum of the journey of human life - from desire to knowledge or from darkness to light; from the ephemeral to the eternal.
Volume Two covers Classical Sanskrit, Prakrit and Apabhramsa. The selection of passages in translation for the anthology is based upon the criteria of literary excellence, of the use of language in more innovative ways and of their socio-cultural values.
Volume Three covers Tamil and Kannada literatures. The selection of passages in translation depicts the entire socio-cultural fabric of the olden days.