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  • Published: 23 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780807003619
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256

The Kural

Tiruvalluvar's Tirukkural



A new translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece, uniquely rendering the unforgettable humanity, vitality, and wisdom of its verse in incandescent English.

Drawing on the poetic tradition of W. S. Merwin, Wendell Berry, and William Carlos Williams, and nurtured by 2 decades of study under Tamil scholar Dr. K. V. Ramakoti, this new translation of the Kural by Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma brings English readers closer than ever to the brilliant inner and outer music of Tiruvalluvar’s work and ideas.

Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural is a masterwork of poetry and practical philosophy. On par with other world classics such as the Tao Te Ching, the Kural is a compendium of 1,330 short philosophical verses, or kurals, that together cover a wide range of personal and cosmic experience, such as—

POLITICS:
Harsh rule that brings idiots together—nothing
Burdens the earth more

HOSPITALITY:
The life that cherishes strangers each day
Never falls upon ruin

FRIENDSHIP:
Friendship is not a face smiling—friendship
Is a heart that smiles

GREED:
Those who won’t give and enjoy—even with billions
They have nothing

Accompanying the translation is a foreword by the founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism, Andrew Harvey; an introduction by the translator and scholar Archana Venkatesan; and a “Commentary of Notes,” in which Pruiksma elucidates key words and shares insights from important Tamil commentaries.

Rich with indelible wordplay, learning, and heart, Pruiksma’s translation transforms the barrier of language into a bridge, bringing the fullness of Tiruvalluvar’s poetic intensity to a new generation.

  • Published: 23 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9780807003619
  • Imprint: Beacon Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256

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