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The Story of Manu
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Velcheru Narayana Rao is the Krishnadevaraya Emeritus Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David Shulman is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Eloquently outlining Peddana's groundbreaking innovations and his acute awareness of himself as an innovator, the terrific introduction by the translators Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman makes the point that: 'We might think of Peddana, like Dante, as the epitome of an entire civilizational moment.' -- Neel Mukherjee * New Statesman *
Throbs with worldliness in its vivacious medley of prose and poetry... V. N. Rao and David Shulman's nimble translation makes what otherwise might have been a baroque and chaotic text a pleasure to read. It also gives readers access to historical literature from southern India, a region whose written traditions rarely win the same national recognition as those from the North. -- Kanish Tharoor * Los Angeles Review of Books *
The Story of Manu, translated for the first time into any language, gives a much wider readership access to [Peddana's] masterful, lyrical wordsmithery. It also affords, through its plot, a rare glimpse into the political and religious philosophy of its times. -- Pragya Tiwari * India at LSE blog *
Few Western poets have been so audacious and unconventional. -- Roberto Calasso * New York Review of Books *

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