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Spring, Heat, Rains: A South Indian Diary Hardcover – November 15, 2008

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"Shulman disappears for pages at a time into sensuous latticework dream. . . . He isn't some hippy-dippy pilgrim on the shaggy-yoga road past Om through the Veil of Maya. He is a married man, and middle-aged, and full of obdurate facts. He has been to Berlin and Ispahan. He has read Mandelstam and listened to Haydn. He wears Western culture like a pair of pajamas. Yet his India is sensational, the Other as monsoon."
(John Leonard Harpers)

"Proferring a view into a very different landscape of Indian poetry is David Shulman's Spring, Heat, Rains, that weaves meditative fragments of his stay among the Telugu poets and intellectuals of Andhra with his research. I didn't expect to be moved to tears by a scholarly book."
(Kiran Desai Guardian)

"Mixing memory and longing with poetic intensity, Spring, Heat, Rains is an exquisitely sensuous love letter to South India. As it describes the encounter between a subtle sensibility of the West and a wise, antique culture, it also becomes spiritual autobiography of the highest order."
(Pankaj Mishra)

"Reading David Shulman's South Indian diary magically transports the  reader inside the head of a true genius--poet, scholar, Israeli activist, anthropologist of India, historian of religions, philologist, philosopher, translator of texts, and so much more. The book is an unprecedented mix of fieldwork notes, records of intimate conversations with unknown villagers and famous scholars, meditations on Indian religion and Israeli war. It takes us deep into a life in  which all of these are profoundly integrated, so that the Israeli war  makes us understand the visit to the god in the temple, and the chanting of the priests makes us understand the nature of deep friendships. An unforgettable, beautiful, compelling book. Once you pick it up, you cannot put it down."

(Wendy Doniger, author of The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was)

About the Author

David Shulman is the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies in the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of several books, including Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine and The Hungry God: Hindu Tales of Filicide and Devotion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.    
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226755762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226755762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a beautiful and moving book that illuminates the author's deep understanding and appreciation of South Indian culture. He is a scholar of Sanskrit and Tamil (and almost everything else) and this book records his personal journey as he discovers the beauty of Telugu language and poetry. He describes in detail pains and joys of embracing the Indian way of life. He translates many poems and describes there effect on him so movingly that we yearn to appreciate them to the depth that he is obviously able to. In his travels he visits many towns and temples that are way off the beaten track of most Western visitors, so the book also serves as a sort of travel guide for those wanting to explore hidden wonders of South India. It's probably not an easy read for most, because there are many details about India that may be obscure, but I found it illuminating and very worthwhile.
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I enjoyed the author's literal as well as literary journey. Now I have buy his translations of the Telugu Kavyas because I am hooked.
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