The Emperor of the Sorcerers (Volume 2)

467 pages

November, 2005

ISBN: 9780814757079

Subjects:

Literature

Part of the Clay Sanskrit Library series

Authors

All books by Budhasvamin

Sir James Mallinson translates and edits Sanskrit literature full time for the JJC Foundation, co-publishers (with NYU Press) of the Clay Sanskrit Library.

All books by James Mallinson

Volume Two continues this fast-paced tale of mystery and sorcery up to canto 28. Nara·váhana·datta's epic quest to become the human emperor of the sorcerers leads him and his companions to win yet more wives. Unfortunately, the surviving manuscripts of the text break off while he is in pursuit of his sixth wife. The primary narrative is punctuated by diverting subplots.

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

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