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Few works in world literature have inspired so vast an audience, in nations with radically different languages and cultures, as the Ramayana and Mahabharata, two Sanskrit verse epics written some 2,000 years ago.
In Ramayana (written by a poet known to us as Valmiki), William Buck has retold the story of Prince Rama--with all its nobility of spirit, courtly intrigue, heroic renunciation, fierce battles, and triumph of good over evil--in a length and manner that will make the great Indian epics accessible to the contemporary reader.
The same is true for the Mahabharata--in its original Sanskrit, probably the longest Indian epic ever composed. It is the story of a dynastic struggle, between the Kurus and Pandavas, for land. In his introduction, Sanskritist B. A. van Nooten notes, "Apart from William Buck's rendition [no other English version has] been able to capture the blend of religion and martial spirit that pervades the original epic."
Presented accessibly for the general reader without compromising the spirit and lyricism of the originals, William Buck's Ramayana and Mahabharata capture the essence of the Indian cultural heritage.


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Hardback Editions

March 1996 : USA Hardback

Title: Ramayana Valmiki
Author(s): Valmiki, Arshia Sattar
ISBN: 0-670-87273-3 / 978-0-670-87273-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking/Allen Lane
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Paperback Editions

July 2000 : UK Paperback

Title: The Ramayana
Author(s): M Valmiki
ISBN: 0-14-029866-5 / 978-0-14-029866-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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November 2000 : USA Paperback

Title: Ramayana
Author(s): William Buck
ISBN: 0-520-22703-4 / 978-0-520-22703-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of California Press
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July 1992 : USA Paperback

Title: Ramayana
Author(s): Valmiki
ISBN: 0-520-04394-4 / 978-0-520-04394-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of California Press
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February 1989 : UK Paperback

Title: Ramayana
Author(s): Valmiki
ISBN: 0-7069-4380-5 / 978-0-7069-4380-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vikas Publishing House Pvt Ltd
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