Middlesex UK: Penguin Books Ltd, 1985. — 202 p.This book has been accepted in the Indian Translations Series of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). A. K. Ramanujan was horn in South India and has degrees in English and in Linguistics. He is now Professor in the Department of South Asian languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Basavanna was the leader of the medieval religious movement, Virasaivism, of which the Kannada vacanas are the most important texts. If one were to choose a single poem to represent the whole extraordinary body of religious lyrics called the vacanas, one cannot do better than choose the above poem of Basavannal. It dramatizes several of the themes and oppositions characteristic of the protest or 'protestant' movement called Virasaivism.
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