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The Mahabharata: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic [Format Kindle]

R. K. Narayan , Wendy Doniger

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The Mahabharata tells a story of such violence and tragedy that many people in India refuse to keep the full text in their homes, fearing that if they do, they will invite a disastrous fate upon their house. Covering everything from creation to destruction, this ancient poem remains an indelible part of Hindu culture and a landmark in ancient literature.

Centuries of listeners and readers have been drawn to The Mahabharata, which began as disparate oral ballads and grew into a sprawling epic. The modern version is famously long, and at more than 1.8 million words—seven times the combined lengths of the Iliad and Odyssey—it can be incredibly daunting.

Contemporary readers have a much more accessible entry point to this important work, thanks to R. K. Narayan’s masterful translation and abridgement of the poem. Now with a new foreword by Wendy Doniger, as well as a concise character and place guide and a family tree, The Mahabharata is ready for a new generation of readers. As Wendy Doniger explains in the foreword, “Narayan tells the stories so well because they’re all his stories.” He grew up hearing them, internalizing their mythology, which gave him an innate ability to choose the right passages and their best translations.

In this elegant translation, Narayan ably distills a tale that is both traditional and constantly changing. He draws from both scholarly analysis and creative interpretation and vividly fuses the spiritual with the secular. Through this balance he has produced a translation that is not only clear, but graceful, one that stands as its own story as much as an adaptation of a larger work.

Biographie de l'auteur

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001) was one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. His works include Mr. Sampath—The Printer of Malgudi, Swami and Friends, Waiting for Mahatma, and Gods, Demons, and Others, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 216 pages
  • Editeur : University of Chicago Press; Édition : Reprint (13 décembre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 An impossible task made passible...(3.5 stars) 2 juin 2014
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Reducing the Mahabharata to a digestible narrative is VERY difficult (the poem being about 8 times longer than the Iliad and Odyssey combined). However, Narayan has done a nice job in his attempt, and a text that would otherwise be almost totally inaccessible due to its daunting size, is made thus accessible. So, job well done on that score. However, so much is left out, elided or smoothed over that it's hard to really make use of the text as a means of understanding the Mahabharata's epic style and points of interest. If you want to simply acquaint yourself with the overall basic (but still incomplete) narrative then this is a reasonable option, but if you want to enter the world of the Mahabharata on a level anywhere approaching its cognate Greek cousins - this is woefully incomplete. For that purpose I would begin looking at Narasimha's work and that of J.D. Smith. If you REALLY want to enter this world there is the still incomplete Chicago translation, the Clay Sanskrit Library rendering (also still incomplete and not based on the critical edition), or the, again still incomplete (but moving faster than the rest), rendering by Bibek Debroy.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A good synopsis, but with some significant flaws 5 janvier 2015
Par Steven Vose - Publié sur
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Highly readable and tells the story well for a modern audience. However, its success is also its weakness, as the retelling shifts the weight of the storytelling to the events prior to the war itself, saving only a few pages for the actual battle, which takes up most of the Sanskrit epic. Also, Narayan tends to whitewash some of the Pandavas' more questionable actions, some of which Doniger points out in her Foreword. Narayan's effort at telling this story does not exceed his skillful retelling of Kamban's Ramayana. I use this version when I teach the Bhagavad Gita in my Religions of India course just to give students the basic context of the text in an easily digestable format. I would not use this version if my primary goal were to teach the Mahabharata itself because the whitewashing often means that complicated choices are not visible, and the complexity of the story is somewhat lost. Also, Narayan has the tendency to summarize the story, rather than just tell it in concise form, which makes it expository in tone at times.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a complicated collection of stories, but this ... 9 décembre 2014
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This is a complicated collection of stories, but this book has simplified it and made it so enjoyable and readable! book arrived on time and in condition described
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