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Pingali Suranna , Velcheru Narayana Rao , David Shulman


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Nov. 21 2002 0231125976 978-0231125970

Composed in the mid-sixteenth century, The Sound of the Kiss, or The Story That Must Never Be Told, could be considered the first novel written in South Asia. Telugu, the language spoken in today's Andhra Pradesh region of southern India, has a classical literary tradition extending over a thousand years. Suranna's masterpiece comes from a period of intense creativity in Telugu, when great poets produced strikingly modern innovations. The novel explodes preconceived ideas about early South Indian literature: for example, that the characters lack interiority, that the language is formulaic, and that Telugu texts are mere translations of earlier Sanskrit works. Employing the poetic style known as campu, which mixes verse and prose, Pingali Suranna's work transcends our notions of traditional narrative. "I wanted to have the structure of a complex narrative no one had ever known," he said of his great novel, "with rich evocations of erotic love, and also descriptions of gods and temples that would be a joy to listen to."

The Sound of the Kiss is both a gripping love story and a profound meditation on mind and language. Shulman and Rao include a thorough introduction that provides a broader understanding of, and appreciation for, the complexities and subtleties of this text.


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"Enormous in scope, brilliant in content, rich in literary and religious meanings.... a great read. Every page has something wonderful, memorable and touching." - Wendy Doniger, author of The Implied Spider and translator of The Rig Veda.

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Enormous in scope, brilliant in content, rich in literary and religious meanings.... a great read. Every page has something wonderful, memorable and touching.

(Wendy Doniger, author of The Implied Spider and translator of The Rig Veda.)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Literature Feb. 24 2011
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Kalapurnodayamu is one of the greatest works of literature in Telugu. This book is an excellent translation of the great work. It is a very interesting story with many twists and turns. There is a deep inner meaning to the work over which one can ruminate for a long time. All in all a most satisfying literary work.

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