Publisher: Medina Publishing (2013)
Dimensions: 14.9 x 19.8 x 2.0 cm
Paperback: 256 pages
Illustrations note: 33 black and white line drawings
Continues the extravaganza of one-to-one storytelling between King Dabschelim and Dr Bidpai which Wood began in his Volume 1: Kalila and Dimna, Fables of Friendship and Betrayal. Except that here Bidpai’s sister, Mimosa, takes over most of the storytelling task — for the benefit of Dabschelim’s three children.
These stories speak to and belong to the whole of humanity … What Ramsay has done over the last thirty years is to have made the version for our time.
-From the Introduction by Michael Wood, historian, broadcaster and author of The Story of India
Kalila and Dimna or The Panchatantra (also known in Europe as The Fables of Bidpai) is a multi-layered, inter-connected and culturally variable arrangement of animal stories, with one story leading into another, sometimes three or four deep. These arrangements have constantly evolved and re-adapted, migrating across ancient cultures in a multitude of textual and performance formats. All our beast fables from Aesop and the Buddhist Jataka Tales through La Fontaine to Uncle Remus owe this strange, shape-shifting ‘book’ a massive debt.