Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata

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HarperCollins, Aug 16, 2017 - Poetry - 288 pages
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In Until the Lions, Karthika Nair retells the Mahabharata through multiple voices. Her poems capture the epic through the lenses of nameless soldiers, outcast warriors and handmaidens but also abducted princesses, tribal queens and a gender-shifting god. As peripheral figures and silent catalysts take centre stage, we get a glimpse of lives and stories buried beneath the edifices of god and nation, heroes and victory; a glimpse of the price paid for myth and history--all too often interchangeable.
 

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That was delightful. One of the best things I’ve read in a long time. I love the constant intertwining of prose, poetry, and visual poem. I love the constant calling out of the senseless violence of ... Read full review

Contents

Family Tree of the Kuru Dynasty
Brass and String
Manual for Revenge and Remembrance
Fault Lines
WITHOUT A NAME
Poorna with Vyaasa
Bedtime Story for a Dasis
Fault Lines
Landay for Doomed Siblings
Blueprint for a Victory
Constancy V
Note to the Unborn Child
Amaranth
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About the Book
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Karthika Nair is the author of several books, Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata, which won the 2015 Tata Literature Live! Award for Book of the Year (Fiction), and was highly commended at the 2016 Forward Prizes (UK). She has helmed the scripts of several dance productions, such as the multiple-award-winning DESH (2011), Akram Khan's dance solo.

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