The Four Hundred Songs of War and Wisdom an Anthology of Poems from Classical Tamil
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr
- Publish date: 09/01/2002
- ISBN: 9780231115636
- ISBN10: 0231115636
Beyond its importance for understanding the development of South Asias history, culture, religion, and linguistics, the "Purananuru" is a great work of literature, reflecting accurately and profoundly the life of southern India 2,000 years ago. One of the few works of classical India that confronts life without the insulation of a philosophical facade and that makes no basic assumptions about karma and the afterlife, the "Purananuru" has universal appeal. It faces the world as a great and unsolved mystery, delving into living and dying, despair, love, poverty, and the changing nature of existence.
To this hidden gem of world literature George L. Hart and Hank Heifetz add a helpful appendix, an annotated bibliography, and an excellent introduction describing the work and placing it in its social and historical context.