The Ramayana (Narayan book)

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The Ramayana
First edition
Author R.K. Narayan
Country India
Language English
Genre Mythology
Publisher Chatto and Windus
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-14-004428-7
OCLC 2798190
Preceded by My Days
Followed by The Painter of Signs

The Ramayana is a mythological book by R. K. Narayan. It was first published by Chatto and Windus, London in 1973.[1] The book is a shortened, prose adaptation of the Tamil Kamba Ramayanam.[2] In 1938, Narayan made a promise to his dying uncle that he would translate the Kamba Ramayana to English, however, he did not think about this promise until 1968 when he began work on this effort.[3] He later wrote The Mahabharata, published in 1978.


  1. ^ Walsh, William (November 1, 1982). R. K. Narayan: A Critical Appreciation. University Of Chicago Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-226-87213-1. 
  2. ^ Nahal, Chaman (1980). The Humanities review. 2: 51.  Missing or empty |title= (help);
  3. ^ Sundaram, P. S. (1988). R.K. Narayan as a novelist. New world literature series. 14. B.R. Pub. Corp. p. 126. ISBN 978-81-7018-531-4.