The Buffalo Century: Vāñcheśvara Dīkṣita’s Mahiṣaśatakam, A Political Satire for All Centuries

1st Edition

Kesavan Veluthat

Routledge India
November 14, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 118 Pages
ISBN 9780367375249 - CAT# 332667

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Summary

The Buffalo Century is a keen exploration into satire and its role in society and politics. Written in praise of a buffalo, Vāñcheśvara Dīkṣita’s Mahiṣaśatakam is timeless in its treatment of power, and its subversion. In resurrecting 18th century Tanjore for the modern reader, Veluthat lifts the poem beyond its immediate literary context and situates it in a contemporary global political setting.

Presenting a modern English translation along with Sanskrit text, this work provides a fare that is as rich in double entendre as it is in its onomatopoeic metaphors. A literary triumph and the voice of an age, this book will be a key text for students and scholars of history, political science, sociology, literature, especially Sanskrit and comparative, and cultural studies.

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