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Book Title: Tales of Kalila and Dimna #1|
The author of the book: Ramsay Wood
Edition: Inner Traditions International
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Date of issue: March 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9780892818167
Format files: PDF
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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 into a diplomat’s family and has lived in Vietnam, the Philippines, Scotland and France. He was a teenage apprentice in Saigon to the photographer Henri Huet. After dropping out from Harvard in 1964 he studied photography with Robert E Fulton III before becoming a freelance photojournalist in Britain, East Africa, and Pakistan.
In 1971 he founded Frame Up Ltd, a wholesale picture-frame company which he ran from London with twenty cohorts until 1997. He was a founding member of the College of Storytellers in 1981, and chairman of the British charity Afghan Relief (No. 289910) until 2002. From 2006 to 2014 Ramsay taught literacy to dyslexic children at Emerson House in London.
He lives in London with the illustrator Gill Whitworth and their cat, Zeeba.
Also published as T.H. Benson
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