Ramayana by Daljit Nagra is a lively, vibrant translation of one of the great epics of the ancient world, by the award-winning author of Look We Have Coming to Dover!
We are temporarily only able to ship Faber Shop orders to addresses in the UK.
The Ramayana is one of the great epics of the ancient world, with versions spanning the cultures, religions and languages of Asia. Its story of Rama’s quest to recover his wife Sita from her abduction by Raavana, the Lord of the Underworld, has enchanted readers and audiences across the Eastern world for thousands of years. Daljit Nagra was captivated by his grandparents’ Punjabi version as a child, and has chosen to rejuvenate the story for a new generation of multicultural, multi-faith readers. By drawing on scenes originating in versions such as those from Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, as well as the better-known Indian Ramayanas, and by incorporating elements of Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and secular versions, Nagra creates a consciously multicultural Ramayana. This dazzling version is both accessible and engaging, written in Nagra’s typically vibrant and eclectic language, and bursting with energy, pathos and humour.
[A] rollicking, often rude and riveting version of an epic that is as much an instruction manual on how to live as a graphic adventure narrative of war.
'Here, with a long story, a large canvas and many different scenes, [Nagra] can draw on a great range of forms and styles in a virtuoso display ... For some the Ramayana is a sacred text. Nagra's version is a new blessing.'
Recounted with energy, wit and bold imagination, this version is a joy.
'In Nagra's adaptation of the ancient religious text, which has its origins in Indian oral storytelling, he aimed to capture the same passion as the version he heard as a child. He borrowed several countries' Ramayanas and the freedom and energy of his approach leaps from the page.'
Browse a selection of books we think you might also like, with genre matches and a few wildcards thrown in.