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The Indian Epics Retold

R.K. Narayan (Author)
Synopsis Hardcover edition of this book is currently out of print. However, its paperback edition is now also available.In this special omnibus edition, R K Narayan, India's finest living English language novelist, retells the two great Indian epics The Ramayana and The Mahabharata as well as other well-known incidents from Hindu mythology and folklore. Retaining the spirit of the originals, R K Narayan, the consummate storyteller, has given us classic works from a glorious tradition recast in his own inimitable style.From The Ramayana, the story of Lord Rama's life, believed to have been composed by Valmiki in the fourth century BC, Narayan draws inspiration from the eleventh century Tamil poet, Kamban's version. His Mahabharata is based on Vyasas's monumental work, perhaps the greatest story ever told, composed around 3,500 years ago. In the third book in this anthology, Gods, Demons, and Others, Narayan retells stories from a variety of sources - Kalidasa's Sanskrit classic Abhijnana Shakuntalam, the Tamil epoic Silappadikaram, the Shiva Purana and the Devi Bhagwatam, besides The Ramayana and The Mahabharata.
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About the author

R.K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan was born in Madras in south India and educated in Mysore which had also been his home for over half-a-century now. Narayan was one of India’s most distinguished writers at work today. Through his several novels and short stories, he had created the enchanting fictional world of Malgudi which has captivated his readers throughout the world and, more recently, millions of Indian television viewers who saw TV adaptations of several of his Malgudi stories. Narayan’s books are regularly published in USA, UK and India and have also been widely translated into several European and Indian languages. His novel The Guide (1958) won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India’s highest literary honour. In 1980, Narayan 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. In 1986, he was nominated for a 6-year term to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament in recognition of his outstanding literary stature. Apart from The Mahabharata, Narayan had also retold the other great Indian epic The Ramayana, as well as a selection of Indian legends in Gods, Demons and Others.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Indian Epics Retold
Author R.K. Narayan
Format Softcover
Date published: 04.07.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0670868248
length 632p.