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    Description"The Ramayana" is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling. 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of "The Ramayana". Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epic and adores the main figures in it - Rama and Sita. Every child is told the story at bedtime ..."The Ramayana" pervades our cultural life.' Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki, probably around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless variant versions in different languages. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original. It can be enjoyed and appreciated, he suggests, for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its practical wisdom - or just as a thrilling tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities and demons.


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    Title
    The Ramayana
    Subtitle
    A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) R. K. Narayan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 191 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780143039679
    ISBN 10: 0143039679
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    B&T General Subject: 360
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    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
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    BIC subject category V2: HRLC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21400
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC010000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 76
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    B&T Approval Code: P25106380
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    DC22: 297.5922, 297.5/922
    LC classification: PR9499.3.N3 R36 2006
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000, FIC026000
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    Thema V1.0: DNL, QRD, QRVA
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    02 November 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there. In 1958 Narayan's work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's highest literary honor. In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re-told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. In 1980 he was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Narayan died in 2001.