A Modern Retelling

Carole Satyamurti (Author)

With an Afterword by Vinay Dharwadker, With a Foreword by Wendy Doniger

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“Astonishing. . . . [Satyamurti’s Mahabharata] brings [the] past alive . . . as though it were a novel in finely crafted verse.”—Vinay Dharwadker

Originally composed approximately two thousand years ago, the Mahabharata tells the story of a royal dynasty, descended from gods, whose feud over their kingdom results in a devastating war. But it contains much more than conflict. An epic masterpiece of huge sweep and magisterial power, “a hundred times more interesting” than the Iliad and the Odyssey, writes Wendy Doniger in the introduction, the Mahabharata is a timeless work that evokes a world of myth, passion, and warfare while exploring eternal questions of duty, love, and spiritual freedom. A seminal Hindu text, which includes the Bhagavad Gita, it is also one of the most important and influential works in the history of world civilization.

Innovatively composed in blank verse rather than prose, Carole Satyamurti’s English retelling covers all eighteen books of the Mahabharata. This new version masterfully captures the beauty, excitement, and profundity of the original Sanskrit poem as well as its magnificent architecture and extraordinary scope.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • March 2015
  • ISBN 978-0-393-08175-6
  • 6.6 × 9.6 in / 928 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“An exquisitely crafted reminder of the power of the Mahabharata: how riveting a read it is, and how relevant it remains to our times.” — Manil Suri

“Carole Satyamurti’s ‘modern retelling’ of this ancient, vast, and various story is a gift to be grateful for. It gives us, as all poetry should, access into a world we did not know or did not know well enough and which henceforth we will visit again and again.” — David Constantine

“Effortlessly blending a fabulous array of stories with sophisticated narrative devices, this version of the Mahabharata is a spellbinding reading experience and a magisterial achievement.” — Eva Hoffman

“Like the Iliad, the Mahabharata has everything: love, war, family, gods, all the beauty and horror of life. I hope Carole Satyamurti’s compelling version will introduce this marvelous epic, still largely unknown in the west, to a whole generation of new readers.” — Katha Pollitt

“This book is a kind of miracle: a talented English poet has brought alive in blank verse an ancient Sanskrit epic for the contemporary ear and in a language that does not draw attention to itself but captures the weft and warp of the original thrilling tale, including its moral complexity.” — Gurcharan Das

“[A] bold and masterful retelling… Satyamurti’s version flows with exhilarating clarity and momentum.” — Donna Seaman, Booklist

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