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Bhagavad Gita
Bhagavad Gita

Bhagavad Gita

A Translation of the Poem

Translated by Mani Rao


140 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $11.95 (US $11.95) (CA $12.95)

Publication Date: December 2010

ISBN 9780984303618

Rights: US & CA

Autumn Hill Books (Dec 2010)


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Sacred Hindu scripture is freshly presented in adventurous, contemporary English poetry, capturing the wildness of the original Sanskrit language that has been lost in generations of listless prose translations. Long considered among the most important texts in the history of literature and philosophy, the 700 verses here capture the dialogue between Krishna, revered by Hindus as a manifestation of God, and the character of Arjuna on the battlefield before the start of the Kurukshetra War. Explaining not only the duties of a warrior but also elaborating upon different Yogic and Vedantic philosophies through examples and analogies, this major ancient Indian epic has often been described as a concise introduction to Hindu theology and a practical, self-contained guide to life.

Author Biography

Mani Rao is the author of eight poetry books with poems and essays published in journals including Tinfish, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, Zoland Poetry, W.W. Norton's Language for a New Century, Penguin's 60 Indian Poets, and the BloodAxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets.She has performed at literary festivals including the Age Melbourne Writers' Festival, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month, Chicago Humanities Festival, New York PEN World Voices, the Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival, and the Singapore International Poetry Festival. Translations of her poems have been published in Latin, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, French, and German.She was Visiting Fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program in 2005 and 2009, and received the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence fellowship. In Hong Kong, she is the co-founder of OutLoud and contributed a poetry segment to Radio 4. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.