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How the Nagas Were Pleased by Harsha & The Shattered Thighs by Bhasa (Clay Sanskrit Library) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2009
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”The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance.”-Willis G. Regier,The Chronicle Review
Two tragic plays that break the rules: both show the hero dying on stage, a scenario forbidden in Sanskrit dramaturgy. King Harsha's play, composed in the seventh century, re-examines the Buddhist tale of a magician prince who makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a hostage snake (naga). "The Shattered Thighs", attributed to Bhasa, the illustrious predecessor to ancient Kalidasa, transforms a crucial episode of the Mahabhrata war. As he dies from a foul blow to the legs delivered in his duel with Bhima, Durydhanas character is inverted, depicted as a noble and gracious exemplar amidst the wreckage of the fearsome battle scene.
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Mayra Cerda Gomez
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The book was in great condition as posted in the add and I received it before I expected it.
Keep up the good work!
Keep up the good work!