The Palace of Illusions: A Novel

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The Palace of Illusions is a 2008 novel by award-winning novelist and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. It was released by Picador.

The novel is a rendition of the Hindu epic Mahabharata as told from Draupadi's (Panchaali's) viewpoint, namely, that of a woman living in a patriarchal world. As Booklist summarizes the plot, "Smart, resilient, and courageous Panchaali, born of fire, marries all five of the famously heroic Pandava brothers, harbors a secret love, endures a long exile in the wilderness, instigates a catastrophic war, and slowly learns the truth about Krishna, her mysterious friend."[1]


  • "'s really intriguing to find a book that deals differently with Draupadi - not a Manushi article or a Gender Studies tract on 'Mythical Women and Agency', but a proper story, like Vyasa's epic, where Draupadi begins. ... The 'mysterious woman' style of narration is unmistakably Divakaruni's." Renuka Narayanan, Hindustan Times[2]
  • "Is Divakaruni's novel a usefully accessible version of a remote cultural artifact, or a case of forcing a remarkable quart into a conventional pint pot?" Elsbeth Lindner, San Francisco Chronicle[3]
  • Palace of Illusions on Scribbles of Soul
  • Book Review : The Palace of Illusions - July 16, 2015
  • Book Review: The Palace of Illusions

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "The palace of illusions : a novel". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^