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Murty Classical Library of India 9

Arjuna and the Hunter


Edited and translated by Indira Viswanathan Peterson

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$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674504967

Publication Date: 01/05/2016

Academic Trade

480 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

Murty Classical Library of India


  • Introduction
    • The Worlds of a Sanskrit Classic
    • Bharavi and Sanskrit Court Epic Poetry
    • The Shape of the Poem
      • The Narrative
      • Transformations: From Mahābhārata Episode to Court Poem
    • Reading Arjuna: The Pleasures of the Text in Translation
      • Verse and Image
    • Descriptive Sequences: Imagery and Movement
    • Acknowledgments
    • Notes
  • Note on the Text and Translation
    • Note on the Text
    • Note on the Translation
    • Notes
  • Arjuna and the Hunter [Kirātārjunīya]
    • 1. Queen Draupadi Calls for Action
    • 2. Yudhishthira and Bhima Debate Policy
    • 3. Vyasa’s Counsel
    • 4. Autumn Landscape
    • 5. The Magnificent Himalaya
    • 6. Arjuna’s Asceticism
    • 7. The Journey of the Apsarases and Gandharvas
    • 8. Playing in the Woods and the River Ganga
    • 9. The Lovemaking of the Apsarases and Gandharvas
    • 10. A Failed Seduction
    • 11. Indra Tests Arjuna
    • 12. Shiva’s Noble Plan
    • 13. The Boar’s Attack and the Hunter’s Claim
    • 14. Arjuna Defeats Shiva’s Army of Spirits
    • 15. Arjuna’s Combat with Shiva
    • 16. A Contest with Supernatural Weapons
    • 17. The Loss of Arjuna’s Weapons
    • 18. Wrestling Match, Theophany, and Boon
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes to the Text
  • Notes to the Translation
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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