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The Sauptikaparvan of the Mahabharata: The Massacre at Night (Oxford World's Classics)
The tenth book of the great Indian epic, the Mahabharata, the Sauptikaparvan is saturated in the imagery of the end of the world and the sacrifice of battle. The first complete English translation for over a century and the first ever in verse, this edition is designed to provide an accessible introduction and entry point to one of the greatest works of Indian and world li ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 28th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1999)
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Not the easiest thing in the world to review, you might think, since it's kind of like reviewing one book from the Odyssey. It could have been disastrous, but Johnson does a great job in all sorts of ways: he translates this as poetry! The translation is readable! The annotation is deep and helpful without being overwhelming! The story itself is fascinating and fun, and deserves five stars. There are only two problems: Johnson, for whatever reason, is obsessed with structuralist interpretation, ...more