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A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat—told from the point of view of the wife of an amazing woman.

Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

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Recasting the Indian epic "Mahabharata" from the perspective of Princess Panchaali, veteran novelist Divakaruni ("Queen of Dream") offers a vivid and inventive companion to the renowned poem.--"Publishers Weekly."

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Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. — Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna-or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy-as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.

About the Author

CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI is the author of the bestselling novels Queen of Dreams, Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire, and of the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives. She lives in Houston, Texas, and teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307472496
Publisher:
Random House Inc
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
Author:
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Audio Books-Literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090210
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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"Synopsis" by , Recasting the Indian epic "Mahabharata" from the perspective of Princess Panchaali, veteran novelist Divakaruni ("Queen of Dream") offers a vivid and inventive companion to the renowned poem.--"Publishers Weekly."
"Synopsis" by , Taking us back to a time that is half history, half myth and wholly magical, The Palace of Illusions gives new voice to Panchaali, the fire-born heroine of the Mahabharat, as she weaves a vibrant interpretation of an ancient tale. — Married to five royal husbands who have been cheated out of their father's kingdom, Panchaali aids their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war. But she cannot deny her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna-or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy-as she is caught up in the ever-manipulating hands of fate.
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