Author: Krishna Dvaipāyana Vyāsa
Illustrator: Shirley Triest
Publisher: University of California Press
Language: English
Pages: 417
ISBN: 9780520273023
Genre: Literature, Poetry, Religion
Format: Paperback

Few works in world literature have inspired so vast an audience, in nations with radically different languages and cultures, as the ‘Mahabharata’, written some 2,000 years ago and probably the longest Indian epic ever composed. It is a story of dynastic struggle, culminating in an awesome battle between two branches of a single Indian ruling family. It is a moral and philosophical tale as well as a historical one. In his introduction, Sanskritist B.A. van Nooten notes, ‘Apart from William Buck’s rendition [no other English version has] been able to capture the blend of religion and martial spirit that pervades the original epic.’