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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The search for the meaning of Being is man's eternal quest and the subject of his greatest creations. Shivaji Sawant's Mrityunjaya is an outstanding instance of such a literary masterpiece in which a contemporary Marathi novelist investigates the meaning of the bewildering skein that is life through the personae of the Mahabharata protagonists.
For over two decades since i The search for the meaning of Being is man's eternal quest and the subject of his greatest creations. For over two decades since its first publication the vast non- Marathi and non-Hindi readership remained deprived of this remarkable exploration of the human psyche till the publication of this English translation by the Writers workshop — a contribution for which there is much to be grateful for. Mrityunjaya is the autobiography of Karna, and yet it is not just that.
With deceptive case, Sawant brings into play an exceptional stylistic innovation by combining six "dramatic soliloquies" to form the nine books of this novel of epic dimensions. Four books are spoken by Karna. These are interspersed with a book each from the lips of his unwed mother Kunti, Duryodhana who considers Karna his mainstay , Shon Shatruntapa, his foster-brother, who here-worships him , his wife Vrishali to whom he is like a god and, last of all, Krishna.
Sawant depicts an uncanny similarity between Krishna and Karna and hints at a mystic link between them, investing his protagonist with a more-than-human aura to offset the un-heroic and even unmanly acts which mar this tremendously complex and utterly fascinating creating of Vyasa. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Continental first published More Details Original Title. Moortidevi Award. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Is there an english translation of this book? Kumud Yes, have read it Hariom Kumar Anyone pls plz send me the copy of mrityunjay in Hindi pdf copy on my email is kumar. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I must start off by admitting that this review may be extremely biased. Biased by the fact that I consider the Mahabharata the best epic ever! Every character has an interesting story, and despite a few supernatural elements, every human character is Human, with all the flaws and strengths, and no one is more so than the protagonist of Mrityunjaya, Karna.
Since this review also goes on my blog and there is a slight problem with the spoiler HTML tag on my blog, I have removed it. Please I must start off by admitting that this review may be extremely biased. Please stop reading further if you do not want to be exposed to spoilers. As a kid, I had heard a lot about Mrityunjaya, and seen the book at home, but the fact that it was written in Marathi dissuaded me from touching it.
Even though Marathi is my mother tongue, I have never studied it formally and therefore have a greater comfort level with reading English than Marathi. So a combination of my new Nook, Barnes and Noble gift cards from my company yeah baby! Thanks to an Indian version of Amazon www. And then I lived the phrase "lost in translation" right from the first sentence! However, despite the clunky phrases, I was able to translate it back to what it would have sounded like in Marathi in my head and enjoy the beauty of the book.
Even if you haven't read this book, even if your introduction to Karna is through the Mahabharata alone, you cannot help but feel empathy for the eldest son of Kunti. Mrityunjaya only deepens it. The book is written from the POV of six characters.
Karna opens and takes us closer to the end of his story, interspersed with chapters by Kunti his mother , Duryodhana his best friend , Vrishali his wife , Shon his younger foster brother and a grand ending by the Lord, Sri Krishna himself.
Apart from indulging the semi-autobiography of a fictional figure, Sawant touches on one of the biggest realities of human society, one that has not changed since time immemorial.
Even though the protagonist is really the son of the Sun-God himself and as radiant as him, the fact that he was fostered in the hut of a poor charioteer strikes out everything right he ever did in his life.
Sawant also takes a few liberties with the original, but the changes he makes only make the story more realistic.
The characters of Vrishali and Shon for example, are given such appropriate voices, that you are left wondering whether Sawant had the fortune of stumbling upon some long lost letters written by them. One revelation on her part would have brought back his lost glory and honour, although it is commonly believed that the war would have happened anyway. Some day! Despite the atrocities heaped upon him throughout his life, Karna grew to be an invincible warrior , a gentle and fair ruler of Anga after Duryodhana bestowed the title upon him , a loving husband, an indulgent brother, a loyal friend and above all the epitome of generosity.
So generous, that when a poor brahmin comes begging even as he lays dying, he breaks his golden teeth to give them away as alms! While you commend Karna for being a rebel and not succumbing to the unfair norms of the society, you hit upon the obvious flaw in the hero.
His egotism. And if that shame, and the resultant blind loyalty to his lone supporter, Duryodhana was the result of his downfall. The Mahabharata is an epic more complex than anyone can ever imagine. You can discuss, debate and argue about it until eternity, and yet cover only a fraction of it. View all 22 comments. Shelves: hinduism , read , favorites , ebook , indian-author , marathi. One of the best book i have read after such a long time. I wanted to read this book for such a long time.
This book focus on Karna and his role in Mahabharata. Even though the legend of Mahabharata is well know, but the author's narration takes the reader to an uncharted journey.
I like the writing style. The author has chosen different characters Vrushali wife , Kunti mother , Duryodhana friend , Shon brother , Krishna to tell the tale of this great character, along with Karna's own version One of the best book i have read after such a long time. The author has chosen different characters Vrushali wife , Kunti mother , Duryodhana friend , Shon brother , Krishna to tell the tale of this great character, along with Karna's own version of his own life.
Shivaji Sawant tries to shed light on his tragedies and his unfortunate life with the use of captivating words. He beautifully describes the life of Karna - the ever compromising, stronger than everyone yet humble about it, rightfully a prince but denounced as a charioteer.
You can see how Duryodhana is just manipulating him. This book will leave you speechless and make your heart yearn for the life he lived. Each moment, each feeling, each thought of Surya-putra Karna is so amazingly described in this book. Words aren't enough to describe this book.
The unique style of writing where different characters tell the story from their perspective make the reading quite interesting. The character building and mindset of Karna has been described elegantly. The book has been translated in several languages Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Assamese, English and many more.
I think even audio is there. Highly Recommended. View all 24 comments. This is a tremendously well written book. Their wealthy and decadent lifestyle, which is over This is a tremendously well written book. View all 7 comments. In the humid summer of the Gangetic plains Kanpur the library the only oasis of certitude. It was one of those days when our of sheer boredom from my technical subjects, I wandered off towards the 2nd floor section o Back in I was a bachelors student of chemical engineering at IIT Kanpur.
The book is a absolute gem. I couldn't get myself detached from it ever since. Graduation completed, had to leave IIT. Out of all things this book was rigging my imagination. The book would at least be mine.
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