Kumarasambhavam: The Origin of the Young God

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The greatest long poem in classical Sanskrit, by the greatest poet of the language
The greatest long poem in classical Sanskrit, Kumarasambhavam celebrates the love story of Siva and Parvati, whose passionate union results in the birth of their son, the young god Kumara. Beginning with a luminous description of the birth of Parvati, the poem proceeds in perfectly pitched sensuous detail through her courtship with iva until the night of their wedding. This poem plays out their tale on the immense scale of supreme divinity, wherein the gods are viewed both as lovers and as cosmic principles.

Composed in eight cantos by the greatest Sanskrit poet of all time, the verses of Kumarasambhavam continue to enchant readers centuries after they were first written. Hank Heifetz s sparkling translation brings to life the heady eroticism and sumptuous imagery of the original.

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Hank Heifetz is an award-winning translator (from classical Indian languages and Spanish), poet and novelist. His many works include The Origin of the Young God, selected as one of the 25 best books of the year by the New York Village Voice in 1990, and The Four Hundred Poems of War and Wisdom, translated from classical Tamil (with George Hart) which was awarded the prize for best literary translation from a South Asian Language (2002) by the American Oriental Society. He is at present working on a novel and finishing a long literary translation of the ornate Sanskrit epic Sisupalavadha by the poet Magha.

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[Heifetz s] translation is magisterial, showing a vast knowledge of the poetics of the work itself and speaking with manifest authority ... Heifetz finds an English register that suits the exalted tone of the original Sanskrit but remains free of archaic phrasing and bombast --Mint

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