How Úrvashi was won

by Kālidāsa ; translated by Velcheru Narayana Rao & David Shulman

One of the three surviving plays by Kalidasa (fifth century), universally acknowledged as the supreme poet in classical Sanskrit, "How Urvashi Was Won", like the other two, is a masterpiece of lyricism, subtle characterization, and the working through of a bold theme. "How Urvashi Was Won" is the story of King Puru ravas and his love for an immortal, the dancer Urvashi, who normally lives in the heaven of the gods but who has come down to earth in order to realize her passion for the all too- mortal king. The tragic love of this asymmetrical couple was described already in the ancient Rig Veda and later often expanded. Kalidasa has reworked the narrative so as to depict a goddess in the process of becoming fully, and dangerously, human since only human beings (at their best) are, in Kali dasa's vision, truly capable of the depths and intricacies of loving. This great work of love, loss, and eventual restoration speaks to the human condition generally in highly nuanced verses, accessible to any modern reader.

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書名 How Úrvashi was won
著作者等 Kālidāsa
Nārāyaṇarāvu, Vēlcēru
Shulman, David Dean
Rao Velcheru
Shulman David
書名別名 Vikramorvaśī
シリーズ名 The Clay Sanskrit library
出版元 New York University Press : JJC Foundation
刊行年月 2009
ページ数 xliv, 251 p.
大きさ 17 cm
ISBN 9780814741115
NCID BA91505080
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言語 サンスクリット
原文言語 サンスクリット
出版国 アメリカ合衆国