Needle at the Bottom of the Sea: Bengali Tales from the Land of the Eighteen Tides

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$24.95  $23.20
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University of California Press
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Pages
424
Dimensions
5.0 X 7.7 X 1.3 inches | 0.8 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780520388932

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About the Author
Tony K. Stewart is Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Humanities, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University and a specialist in the early modern literatures of the Bengali-speaking world. His most recent work is Witness to Marvels: Sufism and Literary Imagination, winner of the 2021 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies.
Reviews
"Brave and vivid . . . [Stewart's translation] helps the anglophone reader enter this world in which karma supplies the ultimate explanation of the often bizarre adventures of the human spirit so richly explored in these stories."--Wendy Doniger "The New York Review of Books"
"Needle at the Bottom of the Sea allows access to local stories of quotidian struggles of common people and their belief system. The kathas in this anthology are useful for locating the time and space in South Asian history that led to the incorporation of Islamic cultural strands into the socio-literary corpus of Bengali. The translation of these tales entailed meticulous research. . . . Overall, this is a work of great scholarship, which will interest literary historians as well as avid readers having interest in traditional South Asian romances."-- "Asian Review of Books"