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- DescriptionFew works in world literature have inspired so vast an audience, in nations with radically different languages and cultures, as the Ramayana and Mahabharata , two Sanskrit verse epics written some 2,000 years ago. In Ramayana (written by a poet kwn to us as Valmiki), William Buck has retold the story of Prince Rama - with all its bility of spirit, courtly intrigue, heroic renunciation, fierce battles, and triumph of good over evil - in a length and manner that will make the great Indian epics accessible to the contemporary reader. The same is true for the Mahabharata - in its original Sanskrit, probably the longest Indian epic ever composed. It is the story of a dynastic struggle, between the Kurus and Pandavas, for land. In his introduction, Sanskritist B. A. van Nooten tes, Apart from William Buck's rendition [ other English version has] been able to capture the blend of religion and martial spirit that pervades the original epic . Presented accessibly for the general reader without compromising the spirit and lyricism of the originals, William Buck's Ramayana and Mahabharata capture the essence of the Indian cultural heritage.
- Author BiographyWilliam Buck(1933-1970) was a Sanskritist, devoting his life's work to modern retellings of the Ramayana, Mahabharata, and the unfinished Harivamsa.
- Author(s)William Buck
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication19/06/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note40 illustrations, 1 map
- Weight467 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Illustrator(s)Shirley Triest
- Introduction byB. A. Van Nooten
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition Statement3rd Revised edition
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