by Translated by R.K. Narayan - £12.99 Penguin Books Ltd (2001)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780141185002 | ISBN 10: 0141185007
The Mahabharata is some 3,500 years old and is the longest poem in any language. It is one of the founding epics of Indian culture and, with its mixture of cosmic drama and profound philosophy (one small section forms the Bhaghavad Gita) it holds a unique place in world literature.
In this drastically shortened prose rendering, Narayan uses all his extraordinary talents to convey to a modern reader why this is such a great story. Filled with vivid characters, obsessed with the rise and fall of gods, empires and heroes, Narayan's The Mahabharata is an enormously enjoyable experience and the perfect introduction to the otherwise bewildering Indian cosmology.
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