9780226568225

The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226568225

  • ISBN10:

    0226568229

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/1/2000
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Summary

Growing from an oral tradition of ballads based on historic events in India, theMahabharatawas passed down and extended through the centuries, becoming the longest poem ever written. R. K. Narayan provides a superb rendition in an abbreviated and elegant retelling of this great epic.

Author Biography

R. K. Narayan is one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. Born in 1906, Narayan was the recipient of the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India's highest literary honor. His numerous works Mr. Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi, Swami and Friends, Waiting for Mahatma, and Gods, Demons and Others, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
List of Characters and Places of Action in the Story
xv
Generation Tree xix
The Eighth Baby
1(10)
Enter---The Players
11(10)
House of Joy---And Ashes
21(6)
Bride for Five
27(14)
Uncle's Gift
41(6)
City of Splendour
47(8)
Stakes Unmatched
55(16)
Wanderings
71(14)
Hundred Questions
85(14)
Servitude
99(14)
Warning Shots
113(8)
War or Peace?
121(12)
Action
133(12)
Hesitant Hero
145(6)
Delirium of Destruction
151(16)
Victory and Sorrow
167(10)
Epilogue 177(4)
Glossary 181

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