This fine selection of stories revolves around the concept of renunciation, the essence of Jainism. The translations, drawn from texts dating between the seventh and fifteenth centuries C.E., represent a variety of genres: didactic tales, the epics, spiritual autobiographies, pilgrimage texts and folktales. Phyllis Granoff's authentic, modern and reader-friendly rendering from the Sanskrit and Prakrit makes this a rich and remarkable narrative of living Jainism and its literary traditions.|
About the Author:
PHYLLIS GRANOFF teaches Sanskrit and Indian Religions at McMaster University in Himilton, Ontario. She has written extensively on Jain literature, particularly Jain religious biographies. She has also translated a collection of short stories by Bibhutibhushan Bandhopadhyaya from Bengali to English. She currently edits the Journal of Indian Philosophy and continues to work on traditional and modern Indian literature.