The Quartet of Causeries

The Quartet of Causeries

Clay Sanskrit Library

by Shudraka datta Shyamilaka, Vara-ruchi, and Ishvara

Edited and translated by Csaba Dezsö and Somadeva Vasudeva

Published by: NYU Press

508 pages, 4.00 x 6.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814719787
  • Published: August 2009



The Quartet of Causeries have been handed down as a collection of the most ancient monologue farces in classical Sanskrit. Though stylistically divergent, they share a common plot: the hero is an inept, bungling procurer, who mismanages his client's love-affairs to an unexpectedly successful completion. A wide spectrum of India's urban society is scandalized, from respected judges to clumsy poetasters, from hypocritical Buddhist monks to greedy madams, from spoiled scions of wealthy houses to criminal low-life.

Co-published by New York University Press and the JJC Foundation

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