Spring, Heat, Rains: A South Indian Diary


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University of Chicago Press
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6.34 X 0.81 X 9.26 inches | 1.09 pounds
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About the Author

David Shulman is the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies in the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of several books, including Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine and The Hungry God: Hindu Tales of Filicide and Devotion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.


"Shulman disappears for pages at a time into sensuous latticework dream. . . . He isn't some hippy-dippy pilgrim on the shaggy-yoga road past Om through the Veil of Maya. He is a married man, and middle-aged, and full of obdurate facts. He has been to Berlin and Ispahan. He has read Mandelstam and listened to Haydn. He wears Western culture like a pair of pajamas. Yet his India is sensational, the Other as monsoon."--John Leonard "Harpers "
"Proferring a view into a very different landscape of Indian poetry is David Shulman's Spring, Heat, Rains, that weaves meditative fragments of his stay among the Telugu poets and intellectuals of Andhra with his research. I didn't expect to be moved to tears by a scholarly book."--Kiran Desai "Guardian "
"Mixing memory and longing with poetic intensity, Spring, Heat, Rains is an exquisitely sensuous love letter to South India. As it describes the encounter between a subtle sensibility of the West and a wise, antique culture, it also becomes spiritual autobiography of the highest order."--Pankaj Mishra

"Reading David Shulman's South Indian diary magically transports the reader inside the head of a true genius--poet, scholar, Israeli activist, anthropologist of India, historian of religions, philologist, philosopher, translator of texts, and so much more. The book is an unprecedented mix of fieldwork notes, records of intimate conversations with unknown villagers and famous scholars, meditations on Indian religion and Israeli war. It takes us deep into a life in which all of these are profoundly integrated, so that the Israeli war makes us understand the visit to the god in the temple, and the chanting of the priests makes us understand the nature of deep friendships. An unforgettable, beautiful, compelling book. Once you pick it up, you cannot put it down."

--Wendy Doniger, author of The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was