The Ramayana

The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki’s Ancient Epic—Complete and Comprehensive | By Linda Egenes and Kumuda Reddy | TarcherPerigee, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016

The Ramayana is the most widely read epic in history, and this luminous retelling captures the transcendental nature of the ancient Vedic civilization of India while keeping modern readers turning the pages. The lyrical prose is easy to read, punctuated by Linda Egenes’s descriptive poetry that evokes the original poetic form of its creator, the sage Valmiki. Each chapter ends with a direct translation of the Sanskrit text, keeping the reader grounded in the sublime message of a story that is sacred to millions. 

In his sweeping introduction, Ramayana scholar and producer Michael Sternfeld writes, “For those not familiar with the Ramayana, it has been described as the original epic quest—comparable to the Bible, Star Wars, and Romeo and Juliet all rolled into one.”

Also available as an audiobook, narrated by the actor Deepti Gupta on

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