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Does anyone know of any books in English that are about Karna? Fiction, nonfiction, or anything! Even anthologies (of nonfiction or fiction pieces) that contain a piece about Karna are welcome!

I would be particularly interested in reading stuff that takes a look at Karna's story in terms of real-life issues related to the caste system/reform of the caste system*, but anything at all would be great, really. :)

*and I hope I phrased that okay, since I know basically nothing about the subject!

ETA: Books about Bhishma are also good! I don't know much about him, but what I do know is intriguing.

Date: 2011-08-12 03:19 pm (UTC)
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It so happens that I do!

I highly recommend The Palace of Illusions, by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Here's a review by [personal profile] rachelmanija. The book is a re-telling of the Mahabharata from Draupadi's perspective, and is oh so good. It offers a very different interpretation of Karna and Draupadi's relationship.

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