- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins India (30 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9789352640645
- ISBN-13: 978-9352640645
- ASIN: 9352640640
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Customer Reviews: 14 customer reviews
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Amruta Patil, writer and painter, is the author of Kari (2008) and Adi Parva (2012) and her visual stories have appeared in various anthologies and magazines.
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A must read for those who are interested in reconstructed mythology as well as graphic literature.
Sauptik is the 10th book of the 18 books of Mahabharata and deals with the aftermath of the 18 day epic war. In Sauptik Parva, Ashwattamma is the central character who takes revenge for his father's death and is therefore also the sutradhaar (narrator). He narrates the events preceding the war leading upto the final climax of revenge and death. Krishna curses him to wander the earth without meaning or purpose for 3000 years. He is the warrior with the unhealing wound and looks upon the worlds he once knew.
Amruta Patil uses a modern day storytelling style to combine the ancient texts of.mahabharata, oral storytelling and puranas alongwith gorgeous illustrations, charcoal sketches, acrylic and oil.paintings to transport you to the mythical magical glorious world of Kauravas and Pandavas, Krishna, Draupadi, Drona and other gods, apsaras and warriors
Gorgeous book and enjoyed it as much as I did Adi Parva. All the.more to get a perspective from the eyes of a character not so well known in the tale to me
And the narrative that in Adi Parva, traced just the story, is now a both-way sharpened pencil. It sketches the narrator in just as much perfection and tumultuous warmth, as the narration itself.
There also is a new breed of illustrations by Amruta, and they look like they're right out of Da Vinci's diaries.
This is phenomenal work, sunlit perfection.
One goes through the great epic this time through the narratorial voice of Ashwatthama, the most important character in Sauptik Parva of the Mahabharata. The un-heroic hero recounts the epic as he saw and understood it, focalized from within. The voice is distinct from the celestial Ganga, it is surprisingly modern, borrowing heavily from high school science and not bereft of rhythm.
The author is painfully aware of the blind spots of that era, which she neither validates, nor censures, but just accepts. Her interpretation of Draupadi is unlike contemporary faddish creations, it is brilliantly nuanced. Sauptik: Blood and Flowers is a sheer delight of senses and beyond.