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The world's first novel?

Bana Bhatta [Kadambari] Mahakavi Shri Bana Bhatta virachitayam Kadambaryam shukanopadeshah … Gorakhpur Bharati Mandir [1958]
First edition thus, pp.3, 43, 46. Text in Sanskrit and Hindi. A very good copy in original wrappers.

Bana Bhatta is best known for the Harshacharita, the biography of his patron, the Indian emperor Harshavardhana of Kanauj. But this court poet of the first half of the seventh-century also wrote Kadambari, a romance in Sanskrit prose that can lay claim to being the earliest novel to appear in world literature. Kadambari has a very intricate plot, with many stories within stories and sub-plots, but is essentially a tale of love between the handsome Prince Chandrapida of Ujjain and Kadambari, daughter of a Gandharva (demigod), who are only finally united after Chandrapida is released from a curse. The work was left unfinished at Bana Bhatta's death but completed by his son Bhushana Bhatta. This edition was prepared by Dr. Sudhir Kumar Gupta of the Sanskrit Department of Gorakhpur University who has provided an extensive introduction, a Hindi translation, copious notes, variant readings, and a word-index. Gupta's edition is not recorded in either Library Hub Discover (COPAC) or WorldCat. Such has been the fame of this romance that two Indian languages (Marathi and Kannada) use the word 'Kadambari' as the generic term for 'novel'. Kadambari predates both the 11th-century Japanese Genji monogatari ('Tale of Genji') by Murasaki Shikibu and the 12th-century Arabic Hayy ibn Yaqzan ('Alive, son of Awake') by the Andalusian Ibn Tufail.