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Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story)

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Translator:C. H. Tawney
Book date:1924
Word count: 1,050,534 Words
Characters: 6,069,419 Characters
Pages: 329
Read Level: 2, Average
Added on: 2013-09-10

Short Introduction:

This is the English translation of the Kathasaritsagara written by Somadeva around 1070. The principle story line revolves around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the Vidhyādharas (‘celestial beings’).

The work is one of the adoptations of the now lost Bṛhatkathā, a great Indian epic tale said to have been composed by Guṇāḍhya in no less than 100,000 couplets (which in turn claims to be part of another even larger work consisting of 700,000 verses!).

This edition contains the first nine volumes of Tawney’s translation of the Sanskrit Kathāsaritsāgara (कथासरित्सागर), including many references, notes and appendixes.

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