Author: P LalTranslator(s)/Editor: P LalPublisher: Writers WorkshopYear: 2006Language: EnglishPages: 476ISBN/UPC (if available): 8181574443
There are many condensed versions in English of the Mahabharata of Vyasa but the only one that can be called a translation is Dr V Raghavan’s rendering which, by shortening the 100, 000 shloka epic to about 2,000 shlokas, is microscopic in its compression. My aim has been to re-tell the story of the Kurukshetra war at greater length but always in Vyasa’s own words, without simplifying, interpreting, or elaborating. I have selected only such shlokas as formed a continuous narratives, leaving out the large clutch of sub-stories, legends, peripheral digressions and other tangential material that is fascinating by itself but not absolutely relevant to the tale of the Kaurava-Pandava conflict.Some readers may wonder why the transcreation in this book differs sometimes from the transcreation of the same passages in my continuing shloka-by-shloka complete version. This is probably due to the fact that the passages happened to be transcreated at different times, the differences being the result of changes in my understanding and appreciation of Vyasa. Diacritical marks have been omitted in the main text of the Introduction and the translation.
INTRODUCTIONThe Doomsday EpicThe Hard Core NarrativeComplexity of CharacterisationThe Message of the MahabharataTranslating the MahabharataThe First Book -The BeginningsThe Second Book - The AssemblyThe Third Book - The ForestThe Fourth Book - The Kingdom of VirataThe Fifth Book - War PreparationsThe Sixth Book-BhishmaThe Seventh Book - DronaThe Eight Book - KarnaThe Ninth Book - ShalyaThe Tenth Book - NightThe eleventh Book - The WomenThe Twelfth Book - ConsolationThe Thirteenth Book - The Last AdviceThe Fourteenth Book - The Horse SacrificeThe Fifteenth Book - The AshramaThe Sixteenth Book - The Battle With ClubsThe Seventeenth Book - The AscentThe Eighteenth Book - HeavenGlossaryBIBLIOGRAPHY