Tales of Darkness and Light: Soso Tham's The Old Days of the Khasis

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Open Book Publishers, Apr 25, 2018 - Literary Collections - 100 pages

Soso Tham (1873–1940), the acknowledged poet laureate of the Khasis of northeastern India, was one of the first writers to give written poetic form to the rich oral tradition of his people.
Poet of landscape, myth and memory, Soso Tham paid rich and poignant tribute to his tribe in his masterpiece The Old Days of the Khasis. Janet Hujon’s vibrant new translation presents the English reader with Tham’s long poem, which keeps a rich cultural tradition of the Khasi people alive through its retelling of old narratives and acts as a cultural signpost for their literary identity.á

This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in Indian literature and culture and in the interplay between oral traditions and written literary forms.

This edition includes:
• English translation
• Critical apparatus
• Embedded audio recordings of the original text
 

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Janet Hujon is a Khasi and a writer in English. She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya (India), where she spent her childhood and youth, receiving a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the North Eastern Hill University (Shillong). Janet continued her education in the United Kingdom where she completed an affiliated Tripos in English from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. (also in English Literature) from the University of London. Her articles and poems have appeared in the Shillong Times, in the online magazine, Muse India and most recently in Himalaya (The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies). She also collaborated with the artist Gail de Cordova producing a slim volume, Vessels and Visions, featuring a selection of paintings and poems she wrote in response to de Cordova’s work.

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