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Title:
The Mahabharata : a shortened modern prose version of the Indian epic
Author:
Narayan, R. K., 1906-2001.
Personal Author:
Edition:
University of Chicago Press edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2000.

©1978
Physical Description:
xviii, 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
Added Uniform Title:
Mahābhārata.
ISBN:
9780226568225
Format :
Book

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Central Library PR9499.3.N3 M3 1978 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Growing from an oral tradition of ballads based on historic events in India, the Mahabharata was 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 Notes

R. K. Narayan was born Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami in Madras, India on October 10, 1906. He graduated from Maharaja College of Mysore with a B.A. degree in 1930. He attempted to teach for a bit but then switched to writing full time.

His first book, Swami and Friends, was published in Britain in 1935. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories. His other novels included The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher, The Guide, The Financial Expert, The Man Eater of Malgudi, The Vendor of Sweets, and The World of Nagaraj. He was one of the first Indians to write in English and gain international recognition. He received numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan, India's highest prize. He died on May 13, 2001 at the age of 94.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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