Maha-bharata: Book Eight. Karna Volume One: Cantos 1-54

Bowles, Adam Maha-bharata: Book Eight. Karna Volume One: Cantos 1-54. Edited by Isabelle Onians, Somadeva Vasudeva and Richard Gombrich New York, NY, U.S.A.: New York University Press; JJC Foundation, 2006.

Author Bowles, Adam
Title Maha-bharata: Book Eight. Karna Volume One: Cantos 1-54
Formatted title
Maha·bhárata: Book Eight. Karna Volume One: Cantos 1-54
Place of Publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher New York University Press; JJC Foundation
Publication year 2006
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status
Volume 29
Series Clay Sanskrit Library: Mahabharata
ISBN 9780814799819
Language eng
Editor Isabelle Onians
Somadeva Vasudeva
Richard Gombrich
Total number of pages 624
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The Maha·bhárata’s ‘Book of Karna’ relates the events of the two dramatic days after the defeat of the great warriors and generals Bhishma and Drona, in which Karna — great hero and the eldest Pándava — leads the Káurava army into combat. This first volume of ‘The Book of Karna’ depicts mighty battles in gory detail, sets the scene for Karna’s tragic death, and includes a remarkable verbal duel between Karna and his reluctant charioteer Shalya, the king of the Madras, as they hurl abuse at each other before entering the fray.

Why do you — a friend who’s become an enemy — menace me with the two Krishnas? Either those two will kill me today, or I’ll kill them. I know my own strength and do not fear the two Krishnas. Alone I could kill a thousand Vasu·devas and hundreds of Phálgunas. Shut up! You’re from an evil country!
Keyword Original Creative Works - Other
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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