The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata

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  • Format: Paperback | 912 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 44mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 28 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140446818
  • ISBN 13: 9780140446814
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged
  • Illustrations note: map
  • Sales rank: 23,033

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"The Mahabharata" is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. It is of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent, and is a major text of Hinduism. Its discussion of human goals (artha or purpose, kama or pleasure, dharma or duty, and moksha or liberation) takes place in a long-standing tradition, attempting to explain the relationship of the individual to society and the world (the nature of the 'Self') and the workings of karma.

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Author information

John D. Smith was born in Nottingham in 1946. He attended Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read Sanskrit and Hindi. In the early 1970s he held a research fellowship at Christ's College, Cambridge; this was followed by nine years as lecturer in Sanskrit at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. In 1984 he returned to Cambridge, where he is now emeritus Reader of Sanskrit. He has worked on both Sanskrit and modern Rajasthani, and his publications include The Visa?adevarasa: a restoration of the text (Cambridge, 1976) and The epic of Pabuji: a study, transcription and translation (Cambridge, 1991).

Table of contents

The MahabharataPreface Pronunciation of Sanskrit Introduction The Mahabharata 1. Beginnings 2. The Hall 3. The Forest 4. Virata 5. Perseverance 6. Bhisma 7. Drona 8. Karna 9. Salya 10. The Night-raid 11. The Women 12. Tranquillity 13. Instruction 14. The Horse Sacrifice 15. The Hermitage 16. The Clubs 17. The Great Journey 18. The Ascent to Heaven Variant Readings Adopted Key to Names and Glossary Further Reading Map: The India of the Mahabharata Genealogical Tables Index