The Emperor of the Sorcerers (Volume 1)

The Emperor of the Sorcerers (Volume 1)

Clay Sanskrit Library

by Budhasvamin

Edited and translated by James Mallinson

Published by: NYU Press

452 pages, 4.00 x 6.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814757017
  • Published: February 2005



Budha·svamin tells the epic tale of the youthful exploits of prince Naravahanadatta. The reader is taken from royal palaces to flying sorcerers' mountain fastnesses via courtesans' bedrooms and merchant ships. A fast and witty narrative which provides a fascinating insight into ancient India.

Budha·svamin's The Emperor of the Sorcerers is a racy telling of the celebrated lost Indian narrative cycle The Long Story, framed by Nara·váhana·datta's magical adventures on his quest to become Emperor of the Sorcerers. It is indeed a great story, as its Sanskrit title declares. Epic in scope and scale, it has everything that a great story should: adventure, romance, suspense, intrigue, tragedy and comedy.

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

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