“This perceptive and accessible edition brings Tulsidas’s version [of the Ramayana], the most widely read across Northern India, to English-speaking audiences, giving readers a fresh glimpse into the tale’s impressive energy.”—Publishers Weekly
Tulsidas’s Rāmcaritmānas, written in the sixteenth century in a literary dialect of classical Hindi, has become the most beloved retelling of the ancient Ramayana story across northern India. The revered masterpiece recounts the epic story of Ram’s exile and his journeys, and it is recited by millions of Hindus today.
The Sea of Separation presents some of the poem’s most renowned episodes—Ram’s battles with demons, the kidnapping of his wife Sita by Ravana, his alliance with a troop of marvelous monkeys, and, finally, the god Hanuman’s heroic journey to the island city of Lanka to find and comfort Sita.
This new translation into free verse conveys the passion and momentum of the inspired poet and storyteller.
This perceptive and accessible edition brings Tulsidas’s version [of the Ramayana], the most widely read across Northern India, to English-speaking audiences, giving readers a fresh glimpse into the tale’s impressive energy.
Philip Lutgendorf’s excellent translation of the Rāmcaritmānas is a treat for all readers. We are fortunate to have a rendering of this hugely important text that captures the rhythms and excitement of the original work from the pen of a scholar who has dedicated decades to the study of Tulsidas and his works.
Myriad versions of the story of Rama have influenced many civilizations across South and Southeast Asia. Lutgendorf’s elegant translation of Tulsidas’s telling is an important step, expanding our appreciation of the great epic in all its forms.
- 208 pages
- 5-1/4 x 8 inches
- Harvard University Press
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