The Ramayana

A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic

by R. K. Narayan

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  • 9780143039679
  • 9781440623271
The greatest Indian epic, one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling

A Penguin Classic


A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages. Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. A luminous saga made accessible to new generations of readers, The Ramayana can be enjoyed for its spiritual wisdom, or as a thrilling tale of ancient conflict.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

  • Penguin Publishing Group; August 2006
  • ISBN: 9781440623271
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  • Title: The Ramayana
  • Author: R. K. Narayan
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
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  • 9780143039679
  • 9781440623271

About The Author

R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others.

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  • 9780143039679
  • 9781440623271