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Gods, Demons & Others
R.K. Narayan Gods, Demons & Others : R.K. Narayan : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170945003)
Pages: 248
Price: Rs. 295
Format: Paperback
ISBN13/10: 9788170945000 / 8170945003
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Here is R.K. Narayan's delightful selection of stories from lndia's vast treasure-house of myths and legends handed down through the ages. Drawing his stories from The Ramayana, The Mahabharata and other great Indian epics, Narayan tells the tales as they might be recounted by the wise village storyteller.

In the legends, where all things are possible, one thousand years seem only a second, and good ultimately triumphs over evil. The Devi, who is the personification of the highest beauty and energy, vanquishes the demon Manisha who has invaded the heavens: Manmata, the god of love, is burned up physically when he enrages the austere god Shiva. Yama, the god of death, is persuaded for the first time to relinquish a soul when the mourning but determined Savitri pleades for the return of her husband.

The spectacle of battle, the fascinating mystery of the supernatural, the passion, devotion and laughter of love, the quest of the spirit for eternity — such are the ingredients of legends. And Narayan's retelling evokes them all with superb skill to provide the reader a treasury of enchanting myths which have for centuries painted the landscape of Indian life and mind.



Reviews

"His appeal is timeless and very, very great."  —Time Out

"The modern retelling of ancient tales generally !makes for a spurious kind of literature .... It's no good unless the stories can be made first-hand again, dragged up out of the artist's own invention again, and that hasn't often happened outside poetry. But it's happened here. These are far and away the best retellings of Indian tales that I've read, and I've read some hundreds."  —Ted Hughes, The New York Review of Books


R.K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan (1906-2001) is widely regarded as one of India's most distinguished English language writers. His books have been published in India, USA and UK and also been widely translated into several Indian and European languages. Narayan belongs among the earliest band of Indian novelists who drew the world’s attention to English writing from India.

Narayan was born in Madras in south India and educated in Mysore which became his home for over half-a-century. Through his many novels and short stories, he created the enchanting fictional world of Malgudi which captivated his readers and also millions of Indian television viewers who saw TV adaptations of several Malgudi stories.

During the course of his literary career, R. K. Narayan won numerous awards. In 1958, he won the Sahitya Akademi Award, India’s highest literary honour, for his novel, The Guide. In 1980, Narayan was awarded the AC Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature of which he was an honorary member. In 1982, he was elected as an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He was also awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Leeds, Mysore and Delhi. In 1989, Narayan was nominated to the Upper House of Indian Parliament for a six-year term for his outstanding contribution to Indian literature. In 2000, a year before his death, he was awarded India's second highest civilian honour, the Padma Vibhushan.

Apart from The Ramayana, Narayan also retold the other great Indian epic The Mahabharata, as well as select Indian legends in Gods, Demons and Others.


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