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This week we feature an excerpt from The Mahabharata from Penguin Classics. Translator John D. Smith wrote the introduction and abridged this text…
This week we feature an excerpt from The Mahabharata from Penguin Classics. Translator John D. Smith wrote the introduction and abridged this text.
New from Penguin Classics, originally composed in Sanskrit sometime between 400 BC and 400 AD, The Mahabharata—with one hundred thousand stanzas of verse—is one of the longest poems in existence. At the heart of the saga is a conflict between two branches of a royal family whose feud culminates in a titanic eighteen-day battle. Exploring such timeless subjects as dharma (duty), artha (purpose), and kama (pleasure) in a mythic world of warfare, magic, and beauty, this is a magnificent and legendary Hindu text of immense importance to the culture of the Indian subcontinent.
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