The Mahabharata, Volume 7: Book 11: The Book of the Women Book 12: The Book of Peace, Part 1

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Februar 2003



What is found in this epic may be elsewhere;
What is not in this epic is nowhere else.
--from "The Mahabharata"
The second longest poem in world literature, "The Mahabharata" is an epic tale, replete with legends, romances, theology, and metaphysical doctrine written in Sanskrit. One of the foundational elements in Hindu culture, this great work consists of nearly 75,000 stanzas in eighteen books, and this volume marks the much anticipated resumption of its first complete modern English translation. With the first three volumes, the late J. A. B. van Buitenen had taken his translation up to the threshold of the great war that is central to the epic. Now James Fitzgerald resumes this work with translations of the books that chronicle the wars aftermath: "The Book of Women" and part one of "The Book of Peace." These books constitute volume 7 of the projected ten-volume edition.
In his introductions to these books, Fitzgerald examines the rhetoric of "The Mahabharata"s representations of the wars aftermath. Indeed, the theme of "The Book of Women" is the grief of the women left by warriors slain in battle. The book details the keening of palace ladies as they see their dead husbands and sons, and it culminates in a mass cremation where the womens tears turn into soothing libations that help wash the deaths away. Fitzgerald shows that the portrayal of the womens grief is much more than a sympathetic portrait of the sufferings of war. The scenes of mourning in "The Book of Women" lead into a crisis of conscience that is central to "The Book of Peace" and, Fitzgerald argues, the entire "Mahabharata." In this book, the man who has won power in the great war is torn between hisown sense of guilt and remorse and the obligation to rule which ultimately he is persuaded to embrace.
"The Mahabharata" is a powerful work that has inspired awe and wonder for centuries. With a penetrating glimpse into the trauma of war, this volume offers two of its mo


James L. Fitzgerald is a professor of religion at the University of Tennessee. Volumes 4-6 and 8-10 of "The Mahabharata" will appear in the coming years under his general editorship.


"This book is probably the most important Indological publication since Van Buitenen's 1978 translation of books four and five. . . . It is difficult realistically to imagine a more serious, careful and timely translation than this one."--Simon Brodbeck "South Asian Research "
EAN: 9780226252506
ISBN: 0226252507
Untertitel: 'Mahabharata'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2003
Seitenanzahl: 848 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von James L. Fitzgerald
Format: gebunden
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