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'This riddle can end in two ways: speech and defeat or silence and death.'

Vetaal and Vikram is a playful retelling of one of India's most celebrated cycles of stories. The narrative of King Vikram and the Vetaal is located within the Kathasaritsagara an eleventh-century Sanskrit text. The Vetaal who is neither living nor dead is a consummate storyteller and Vikram is a listener who can neither speak nor stay silent. Together they are destined to walk a labyrinth of stories in the course of a moonless night in a cremation ground.

In 1870 eleven of the Vetaal's stories were adapted to English by the famed scholar-explorer Richard Francis Burton who tailored them to his audience's gothic taste. Vetaal and Vikram is a contemporary response that includes Burton within its storytelling folds.

Fantastical and delightful this retelling dissolves the lines between speaker and listener desire and duty life and death.

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  • ISBN: 9789353573409
  • Author: Prabhu Gayathri
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Pages: 208
  • Format: Paperback
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'This riddle can end in two ways: speech and defeat or silence and death.'

Vetaal and Vikram is a playful retelling of one of India's most celebrated cycles of stories. The narrative of King Vikram and the Vetaal is located within the Kathasaritsagara an eleventh-century Sanskrit text. The Vetaal who is neither living nor dead is a consummate storyteller and Vikram is a listener who can neither speak nor stay silent. Together they are destined to walk a labyrinth of stories in the course of a moonless night in a cremation ground.

In 1870 eleven of the Vetaal's stories were adapted to English by the famed scholar-explorer Richard Francis Burton who tailored them to his audience's gothic taste. Vetaal and Vikram is a contemporary response that includes Burton within its storytelling folds.

Fantastical and delightful this retelling dissolves the lines between speaker and listener desire and duty life and death.

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