The Mahabharata (Narayan book)

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The Mahabharata
First UK edition
Author R.K. Narayan
Country India
Genre Mythology
Publisher Heinemann (UK)
Viking Press (US)
Publication date
Media type Print
Preceded by The Painter of Signs
Followed by The Emerald Route

The Mahabharata is a mythological book by R. K. Narayan. It is a modernised, shortened and translated retelling of The Mahabharata.[1] It was first published by Heinemann, London in 1978.[2] The book was published as a result of a long endeavour that included three Hindu mythological works, Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana and finally The Mahabharata; in 1995, these works were republished as part of a new book, The Indian Epics Retold.[3]


  1. ^ "R K Narayan dead: Sun sets over Malgudi". MiD DAY. May 14, 2001. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  2. ^ Walsh, William (November 1, 1982). R. K. Narayan: A Critical Appreciation. University Of Chicago Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-226-87213-1. 
  3. ^ O'Neil, Patrick M. (2004). Great World Writers: Twentieth Century. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 1044–45. ISBN 978-0-7614-7469-2.