I, Lalla: The Poems Of Lal Ded (Used)


Author: Lal Ded
Translated by Ranjit Hoskote

9780143420781 | PB | pp. 326 | 2011 | Penguin Random House India | Used

Ranjit Hoskote’s translation of I, Lalla scrapes away a century of Victorian-inflected translations to reveal the jagged, rich power of Lalla’s poetry.

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The poems of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded, popularly known as Lalla, strike us like brief and blinding bursts of light. Emotionally rich yet philosophically precise, sumptuously enigmatic yet crisply structured, these poems are as sensuously evocative as they are charged with an ecstatic devotion. Stripping away a century of Victorian-inflected translations and paraphrases, and restoring the jagged, colloquial power of Lalla’s voice, in Ranjit Hoskote’s new translation these poems are glorious manifestos of illumination.

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Lal Ded
Translator: Ranjit Hoskote







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About the Author

The author was a fourteenth-century mystic and arguably the most well known Kashmiri spiritual and literary figures. She has been revered by both Muslims and Hindu’s for nearly 7 centuries.

The translator’s collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts: New and Selected Poems 1985-2005 and Die Ankunft der Vögel. His translation of the fourteenth-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded. He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems, the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poets work. Hoskotes poems have been published in numerous anthologies, including Language for a New Century, The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Akzente, Fulcrum, Green Integer Review, Iowa Review, nthposition, Poetry Review (London), Prairie Schooner and Wespennest.


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