Tales of Darkness and Light: Soso Thamís The Old Days of the Khasis

Tales of Darkness and Light: Soso Thamís The Old Days of the Khasis Janet Hujon (ed.)
Forthcoming in 2018.

Soso Tham was an Indian poet who worked at a time when English was slowly effacing the nuances of ancient Indian culture. Now, however, in Janet Hujonís valuable translation, English is the very medium that enables Thamís poetry to reach a wider audience. Hujon draws on parallels from the Romantic imagination and other sympathetic literary traditions of Myth to illuminate and contextualise Thamís work for an English-speaking audience. This translation will contribute to giving Soso Tham the wider recognition he deserves as a poet, and more generally to introduce Western readers to the rich literary traditions of northeast India.
óDr Vayu Naidu, SOAS, University of London

Soso Tham (1873Ė1940), 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 Hujonís vibrant new translation presents the English reader with Thamís 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.

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:
ē Original text            ē English translation
ē Critical apparatus    ē Embedded audio recordings of the original text

Tales of Darkness and Light: Soso Thamís The Old Days of the Khasis
Translated, with an Introduction, by Janet Hujon | Forthcoming 2018
ISBN Paperback: 9781783744688
ISBN Hardback: 9781783744695
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783744701
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783744718
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783744725
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0137
Subject codes: BIC: DS (Literature: history and criticism), DCQ (Poetry anthologies), DCF (Poetry by individual poets); BISAC: LCO004000 (LITERARY COLLECTIONS / Asian / General), LIT022000 (LITERARY CRITICISM / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology),  POE009000 (POETRY / Asian / General)