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    Description"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 aunique 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 "Mahabharata" is an enormously enjoyable experience and the perfect introduction to the otherwise bewildering Indian cosmology.

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    The Mahabharata
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) R. K. Narayan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 157 g
    ISBN 13: 9780141185002
    ISBN 10: 0141185007

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    DC21: 823
    DC22: 823.914
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BIC E4L: CLA
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    BIC subject category V2: HRG
    Ingram Subject Code: OP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24650
    BISAC V2.8: OCC010000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
    BIC subject category V2: 3B
    Thema V1.0: FBC, QRD, FBA
    Illustrations note
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    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 January 2009
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    Author Information
    RK NARAYAN's major works are all available in Modern Classics, including THE VENDOR OF SWEETS, TALKATIVE MAN and THE MANEATER OF MALGUDI.
    Review text
    In this volume the Indian novelist R. K. Narayan, who has previously produced a prose rendition of the Ramayana, presents an unadorned summary of the tale of the great rivalry between the five Pandava brothers and their evil cousins, the sons of King Dhritarashtra. No unprecedented contribution - creative or scholarly - to the literature dealing with India's great epic will be found here. The book's lack of novelty is compensated for, however, by the simple and straightforward grace of Narayan's retelling, and by his good sense to stick with the frame-story and to ignore entirely the countless digressions of the original. The flow of the narrative is sometimes marred by the author's tendency to interject that "the Mahabharata may be said to be a tale of conflict" or whatever. Such interruptions suggest to the reader a college-outline plot-summary, and noticeably diminish the power of this story of deceit and vengeance. Nonetheless, Narayan's Mahabharata is a fine introduction to the mythology of the epic, particularly for those who have had no previous background in Indian classical literature. The interested reader will find here a painless dose of what may then inspire a true addiction. (Kirkus Reviews)