Some Unquenchable Desire

Sanskrit Poems of the Buddhist Hermit Bhartrihari
Product Number: EB00728321
Released: Nov 27, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780834841901
Publisher: Shambhala
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An award-winning translator finds surprisingly modern themes in a selection of erotic and religious stanzas from one of classical India's most celebrated poets. Although few facts are known about his life, the Indian poet Bhartrihari leaps from the page as a remarkably recognizable individual. Amidst a career as a linguist, courtier, and hermit, he used poetry to explore themes of love, desire, impermanence, despair, anger, and fear. "A thousand emotions, ideas, words, and rhythmic syllables stormed through him," writes translator Andrew Schelling in an evocative introduction. "In particular he shows himself torn between sexual desire and a hunger to be free of failed love affairs and turbulent karma." Schelling's translation represents a rare opportunity for English-language readers to become acquainted with this fascinating poet. Attuned to Bhartrihari's unique poetic sensibility, Schelling has produced a compelling, personally curated set of translations.

Author(s): Bhartrihari
Original Publish Date: Nov 27, 2018

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