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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (30 Sept. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674059921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674059924
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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"David Shulman has raised an impressive monument to Tamil, written with erudition and wit. This biography deals with much more than language literature, culture, geography, history all combine in praise of beauty and love." --Tzvetan Todorov, National Center for Scientific Research, Paris

"David Shulman's Tamil is akin to a delightful and elevating musical composition. Spanning centuries and capturing minute details, this book reveals the inner energy of Tamil. Tamil is luck to have such an erudite 'biographer' to tell its story." --S. Ramakrishnan, Editor, Cre-A: Dictionary of Comtemporary Tamil

"In his remarkable new book, Tamil: A Biography, the Indologist David Shulman alights especially on this final notion of truth as an emergent property of language. Its title notwithstanding, Shulman s work depicts Tamil as never existing in a sort of pristine purity: Sanskrit and Tamil are for him parts of the same weave, along with Prakrit, Telugu, Malayalam, Arabic and now, of course, English." - --The National

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Shulman is Professor of Indian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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