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The Birth of Kumara (Clay Sanskrit Library) Bilingual Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0814740088
ISBN-10: 0814740081
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“No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers: the paper is of high quality, the typesetting immaculate. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience.”-The Times Higher Education Supplement



“The Clay Sanskrit Library represents one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot. . . . Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes.”-New Criterion



“Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs.”
-Tricycle



“Published in the geek-chic format.”
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“The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance.”
-Willis G. Regier,The Chronicle Review

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Product Details

  • Series: Clay Sanskrit Library
  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Clay Sanskrit; Bilingual edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814740081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814740088
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tul on November 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Kalidasa's original poetry creates a transformative experience, and the translation isn't bad either. Here's one of my favorite verses that describes a romantic scene between Shiva and Parvati:
Her rolling eyes, her slurred speech,
her drops of sweat, her aimless smile -
Lord Shiva drank from Uma's face
not with his mouth, but with his eyes
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This is a great translation, and it's a really beautifully bound little book too! I have only just begun, but so far I am enjoying this story.
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