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Allasāni Peddana: The Story of Manu

Allasāni Peddana:
The Story of Manu / Allasani Peddana ; edited and translated by Velcheru Narayana Rao and David Shulman. - Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2015. - xlv, 602 S. - (Murty Classical Library of India ; 4)
Einheitssachtitel: Manucaritramu <Telugu, engl.>
ISBN 978-0-674-42776-1
US$ 32,95 / £ 24,95 / EUR 29,50
DDC: 894.82712

Manucaritramu, or The Story of Manu, by the early sixteenth-century poet Allasani Peddana, is the definitive literary monument of Telugu civilization and a powerful embodiment of the imperial culture of Vijayanagara, the last of the great premodern south Indian states. It is the story of Svarochisha Manu, who ruled over the previous cosmic age and who serves here as prototype for the first human being. Peddana explores the dramatic displacements, imaginative projections, and intricate workings of desire necessary for Manu’s birth and formation. The Story of Manu is also a book about kingship and its exigencies at the time of Krishnadevaraya, the most powerful of the Vijayanagara rulers, who was a close friend and patron of the poet. The Story of Manu, presented in the Telugu script alongside the first translation into any language, is a true masterpiece of early modern south Indian literature. [Verlagsinformation]

Note on the Text
The Story of Manu
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Notes to the Text
Notes to the Translation

VELCHERU NARAYANA RAO is Visiting Distinguished Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University. Profile page.
DAVID SHULMAN is Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Profile page.

Quellen: Harvard University Press; Bookbutler; WorldCat; Library of Congress
Bildquelle: Harvard University Press
Bibliographie: [1]


  1. Allasāni Peddana, Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman (2015).  The Story of Manu. Murty Classical Library of India; 4. xlv, 602 S.