The Murty Classical Library of India

The Harvard University Press has done it again. I am a huge fan of the Loeb CLassical Library which compiles and translates Greek and Roman classics in one place. Now they have begun publication of the Murty Classical Library of India.

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This 500-volume library will attempt the impossible: compiling a dual-language library of classical Indian works for the modern reader, from all of its various, multifaceted subcultures and civilizations and time periods. These include fiction, poetry, and nonfiction (including Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic texts) translated from the Sanskrit, Persian, Urdu, Tamil, Panjabi, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati, Pali, and Sindhi lanaguages. To say this is a massive undertaking is the understatement of the year. Poor old Sheldon Pollock.

Nevertheless, a damn impressive feat, Harvard UP! Now if only they would send me some complimentary review editions….

Read more from the NYT on the “Literature of India, Enshrined in a Series.”

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