Daljit Nagra

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!

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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.

Critic Reviews

[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.

Arifa Akbar, Independent
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'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.'

Margaret Reynolds, The Times
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Recounted with energy, wit and bold imagination, this version is a joy.

Philip Maughan, New Statesman
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'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.'

Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times, Books of the Year

Daljit Nagra was born into a working class, Sikh family in London. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London, Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, on the Council of the Society of Authors, Advisor to Poetry By Heart, and presents the weekly Poetry Extra on Radio 4 Extra. Nagra’s collections have won the Foward Prize for…

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