Author: Ilanko AtikalTranslator(s): R ParthasarathyPublisher: PenguinYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 419ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143031961
One of the world's masterpieces, the Cilappatikaram (5th century C E) by Ilanko Atikal is India's finest epic in a language other than Sanskrit. It spells out in unforgettable verse the problems that humanity has been wrestling with for a long time: love, war, evil, fate and death.The Tale of an Anklet is the love story of Kovalan and Kannaki. Originating in Tamil mythology, the compelling tale of Kannaki-her love, her feats and triumphs, and her ultimate transformation to goddess-follows the conventions of Tamil poetry and is told in three phases: the erotic, the heroic, and the mythic. This epic ranks with the Ramayana and the Mahabharata as one of the great classics of Indian literature and is presented for the first time in a landmark English verse translation by the eminent poet R Parthasarathy, making it acessible to a wider audience.Winner of the 1995 Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation (English), the 1994 PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Citation of the PEN American Center, and the 1996 Association for Asian Studies A K Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation.
Illustrations and MapThe Pronunciation of TamilPrefaceIntroductionPrologueTHE BOOK OF PUKARThe Song of PraiseThe Setting up of a HomeThe First PerformanceIn Praise of the EveningThe Celebration in the City of the Festival of IndraBathing in the SeaThe Love Songs of the Seaside GroveThe Coming of SpringThe Nature of the DreamCountry ScenesTHE BOOK OF MATURAIThe Scenes of the ForestThe Song and Dance of the HuntersWaiting on the Outskirts of the CityThe Sights of the CityThe RefugeThe Scene of the MurderThe Round Dance of the HerdswomenThe Wreath of SorrowKannaki Goes Round the CityThe Demand for JusticeThe Crown of WrathThe Great FireThe ExplanationTHE BOOK OF VANCIThe Round Dance of the Hill DwellersThe Choice of a StoneRemoving the StoneThe LustrationThe Dedication of the Memorial StoneThe BenedictionThe Granting of a FavorEPILOGUEA Note on the TextPostscriptGlossaryBibliographyIndex