The Farce of the Drunk Monk: A 1-Act Sanskrit Play of the 7th Century

By: Mahendra-Varman, Raja; P. Lal, trans.

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Colophon states that this was published in an edition of 100 copies “each numbered and signed by the translator – but this copy is unsigned and unnumbered. Orange cloth with black spine titles and cover titles and decorations, dust jacket, 14.5 by 22.5 cm, 30 pp. plus colophon. Very good but for three small tape stains on the front and rear pastedown – and matching stains on the jacket flaps – where the dust jacket was once taped down. Aside from the tape stains, the dust jacket is very good with only light edge wear. A scarce copy of this 7th Century play, “a remarkably smart product of the picaresque genre, replete with mirth and satire … Its plot is of the slenderest kind – the wanderings of a tipsy Kapalan or ‘Skull-bearer’ with his girl through the streets of Kanchi, the disappearance of his skullbowl, his encounter with a Buddhist friar of rather lax virtue named Nagasena, whom the Kapalin accuses of having stolen his bowl, the squabble that thence arises between them, the interposition of a Pasupata (a member of another class of Saiva votaries) in the dispute, and the appearance on the scene of a wandering lunatic who brings back the missing bowl, which has been carried away by a pariah dog and picked up by the lunatic, whereupon all ends happily.” “Englished” by Purushottama Lal (1929 – 2010), commonly known as P. Lal, the Indian poet, essayist, translator, professor and publisher. Under the name of P. Lal, he wrote eight books of poetry, over a dozen volumes of literary criticism, a memoir, several books of stories for children, as well as dozens of translations from other languages, chiefly Sanskrit, into English. He also edited a number of literary anthologies. He was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship in 1969. The Writers Workshop is a Calcutta-based literary publisher founded by P. Lal in 1958. Over the next few decades it published many new authors of post-independence urban literature, many of these authors later became important. Text is in English. Dust jacket present.

Title: The Farce of the Drunk Monk: A 1-Act Sanskrit Play of the 7th Century

Author Name: Mahendra-Varman, Raja; P. Lal, trans.

Categories: Literature,

Edition: Limited ed

Publisher: Calcutta, 1968

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: very good

Seller ID: 2332

Keywords: Drama, India