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Book Title: Kalila and Dimna #1, Selected Fables of Bidpai|
The author of the book: Ramsay Wood
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf
Date of issue: June 1st 1980
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 365 KB
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ISBN 13: 9780394506937
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Once upon a time a powerful young king called Dabschelim ruled over India. One day he came upon a hidden treasure from a long-dead king. With it was a letter addressed to him. How had the letter come to be there? And what did it mean?
To solve the mystery, Dabschelim summoned the wisest man in his kingdom, Dr Bidpai, to his side. And so began the tales of Kalila and Dimna... In all the storytelling collections from India, it is the secular animal fables found in the The Pancatantra and its Buddhist inspiration, The Jataka Tales, that have travelled the furthest and influenced world literature the most.
These stories spawned equally famous classics in both Arabic and Persian - indeed the oldest surviving manuscript of The Pancatantra stories is Kalila and Dimna, an Arabic derivative of the lost Sanskrit original. From the Persian and Arab world, these fables migrated to Europe and by the 16th century existed in Spanish, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Italian, French and English versions. Even Aesop includes a few in his famous collection.
Ramsay Wood’s delightful retelling of The Pancatantra not only modernises the ancient fables but uses all the main versions from the Sanskrit to the Persian and Arabic and even the early English. Written with great colour, style and panache, and beautifully illustrated, it makes the perfect introduction to a global Indian classic.
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Read information about the authorRamsay Wood was born in Texas in 1943 and as a kid lived in Belgium, Vietnam, the Philippines, Scotland and France.
He was a teenage apprentice in Saigon to the photographer Henri Huet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Huet). He ditched college in 1964 to study karate and photography with Robert E Fulton III (http://www.americabyair.com/abillionc...) before becoming a freelance photojournalist in Britain, East Africa, and Pakistan.
He was a founding member of the College of Storytellers in 1981. From 2006 to 2014 Ramsay taught literacy to lovely dyslexic, dysfibic (truthful) and dyskleptic children at Emerson House in London.
He lives in London with the illustrator and artist Gillian Whitworth and their sleeky tuxedo cat, Zeeba.
Also published poetry as T.H. Benson
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