Ramayana A Modern Retelling of the Great Indian Epic

ISBN-10: 0865476950
ISBN-13: 9780865476950
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ramesh Menon
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/26/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The great Indian epic rendered in modern prose India's most beloved and enduring legend, the Ramayana is widely acknowledged to be one of the world's great literary masterpieces. Still an integral part of India's cultural and religious expression, the Ramayana was originally composed by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 b.c. The epic of Prince Rama's betrayal, exile, and struggle to rescue his faithful wife, Sita, from the clutches of a demon and to reclaim his throne has profoundly affected the literature, art, and culture of South and Southeast Asia-an influence most likely unparalleled in the history of world literature, except, possibly, for the Bible. Throughout the centuries, countless versions of the epic have been produced in numerous formats and languages. But previous English versions have been either too short to capture the magnitude of the original; too secular in presenting what is, in effect, scripture; or dry, line-by-line translations. Now novelist Ramesh Menon has rendered the tale in lyrical prose that conveys all the beauty and excitement of the original, while making this spiritual and literary classic accessible to a new generation of readers.

Ramesh Menon is a Staff Engineer at NARUS, Inc. Prior to NARUS, Ramesh was a Staff Engineer at SGI representing SGI in the OpenMP forum. He was the founding Chairman of the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) & supervised the writing of the first OpenMP specifications.

Introduction
A Note on Hindu Time
The Demon's Boons
Prologue
Appendix
Ravana's Daughter: A Southern Tale
The Story of Viswamitra
Glossary

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