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The definitive English translation of the classic Sanskrit epic poem—now available in a one-volume paperback

The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, the monumental Sanskrit epic of the life of Rama, ideal man and incarnation of the great god Visnu, has profoundly affected the literature, art, religions, and cultures of South and Southeast Asia from antiquity to the present. Filled with thrilling battles, flying monkeys, and ten-headed demons, the work, composed almost 3,000 years ago, recounts Prince Rama’s exile and his odyssey to recover his abducted wife, Sita, and establish a utopian kingdom. Now, the definitive English translation of the critical edition of this classic is available in a single volume.

Based on the authoritative seven-volume translation edited by Robert Goldman and Sally Sutherland Goldman, this volume presents the unabridged translated text in contemporary English, revised and reformatted into paragraph form. The book includes a new introduction providing important historical and literary contexts, as well as a glossary, pronunciation guide, and index. Ideal for students and general readers, this edition of the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki introduces an extraordinary work of world literature to a new generation of readers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page,
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iv-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Guide to Sanskrit Pronunciation
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Part I. Introduction
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-43
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  1. About the Translation
  2. pp. 44-48
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  1. Part II. The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki
  1. 1. The Bālakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 49-129
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  1. 2. The Ayodhyākāṇḍa
  2. pp. 130-263
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  1. 3. The Araṇyakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 264-350
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  1. 4. The Kiṣkindhākāṇḍa
  2. pp. 351-428
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  1. 5. The Sundarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 429-536
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  1. 6. The Yuddhakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 537-727
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  1. 7. The Uttarakāṇḍa
  2. pp. 728-856
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  1. Glossary of Important Sanskrit Words, Proper Nouns, and Epithets
  2. pp. 857-866
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  1. Glossary of Weapons
  2. pp. 867-868
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 869-872
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 873-944
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MARC Record
OCLC
1286430918
Launched on MUSE
2022-01-12
Language
English
Open Access
No

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