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The Ramayana

Narayan, R. K.

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ISBN 10: 0670589500 / ISBN 13: 9780670589500
Published by The Viking Press, New York, 1972
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. xi (iv), 171 (2) pp, introduction, list of characters, prologue, 1. Rama's Initiation; 2. The Wedding; 3. Two Promises Revived; 4. Encounters in Exile; 5. The Grand Tormentor; 6. Vali; 7. When the Rains Cease; 8. Memento from Rama; 9. Ravana in Council; 10.Across the Ocean; 11. The Siege of Lanka; 12. Tama and Ravana in Battle; 13. Interlude; 14. The Coronation; epilogue, glossary. First Edition, 1972. "Narayan's Ramayana was inspired by a version written in the Tamil language by an 11th-century poet called Kaban (who etched his 10,500 stanzas on palm leaves). The Ramayana has been a constant element of Indian cultural life. Thaought of by this version's author as 'a book of perennial philosophy', it reflects the centuries-old ethos of the Indian people in a way that is peculiarly relevant to the nature of the country today. The decorations have been drawn from Indian temple sculpture by F. K. Laxman, the author's brother." from the jacket flap. Price clipped. Lightly faded spine dj, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean and bright; tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Red cloth with gilt flame embossed on front board, black lettering to spine, illustrated endpapers, and green top text block edge. Size: Large 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 000909

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Bibliographic Details

Title: The Ramayana

Publisher: The Viking Press, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: F. K. Laxman

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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"The Ramayana" is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original. It can be enjoyed and appreciated, he suggests, for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its practical wisdom - or just as a thrilling tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities and demons.

About the Author:

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, 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. October 10, 2006, is the centennial of Narayan's birth.

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