Ramayana A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic

ISBN-10: 0143039679
ISBN-13: 9780143039679
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayanais familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayanais familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages. Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. A luminous saga made accessible to new generations of readers, The Ramayanacan be enjoyed for its spiritual wisdom, or as a thrilling tale of ancient conflict.

R. K. Narayan was born on October 10, 1906 in Madras, Brtitsh India. He graduated from Maharaja College of Mysore with a B.A. degree in 1930. All of his many novels take place in Malgudi, an imaginary town in southern India that serves as a kind of "golden mean", neither a large, impersonal city nor an obscure, isolated village, through which Narayan explores the dilemmas of modernization. For example, The Bachelor of Arts is the story of a sensitive youth caught in a conflict between Western ideas of love and marriage instilled in him by his education and the still-traditional milieu in which he lives. Malgudi is a microcosm of modern India, and throughout Narayan's novels, which span more than 50 years of India's growth, we can watch Malgudi's inhabitants evolve in precisely the same way that their hometown does. Narayan's wit and literary skill have made him a favorite with readers all over the world. He died of typhoid in 1939.

Pankaj Mishra is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Indian writers. He divides his time between New Delhi & Simla.

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