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A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana has been thrilling readers and listeners since the fourth century BC. Here, R. K. Narayan-one of India's greatest literary lights-draws on the work of the eleventh-century poet, Kamban, and recounts it with the narrative flair of a master novelist. Narayan's Ramayana is an ancient treasure to be savored as much for its wisdom, spiritual depth, and insight as for its colorful portrayal of otherworldly passion and strife.
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R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, including Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, and The Guide, for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award. He also authored numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009. Lee is also an accomplished stage actor and wrote and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit.
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