Kalila and Dimna: Selected Fables of Bidpai, Retold by Ramsay Wood

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First appearing in Sanskrit nearly 2,000 years ago, TheTales of Bidpai, with their slyly profound grasp of human nature at its best--and more often at its worst--have been translated through the centuries from Ethiopia to China. Incidents from the tales can be identified in Buddhist shrines built before 200 BC, and in the fables of Aesop, La Fontaine and Uncle Remus. Ramsay Wood brings us a racy, contemporary English translation--the first since 1888. Margaret Kilrenny's intricate line drawings bring the stories to life.

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In his retelling of 'Kalila and Dimna', Ramsay Wood deftly knits several oral storytelling traditions into a captivating literary style. This version from all major ancient texts is the first new compendium in English since 1570.

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I am delighted by this exceptional new 2008 edition by Saqi Books! It displays a wonderful quality of workmanship and great care in production.

For this publisher, I have revised and updated the contents of all earlier editions. It includes, for example, important new material at the back by Dr Christine van Ruymbeke, Soudavar Lecturer in Persian at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge University, and also an Abbreviated Pedigree of the book's ancient antecedents.

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