Best English translation of the Mahabharata?
November 12, 2010 11:52 AM Subscribe
Please tell me, what is the best English translation of the Mahabharata? I'm not particularly concerned that it be a verse translation. I would prefer something that's available in electronic form (for reading on my Nook). Something that's public domain, and therefore available on Google books, even better. But these are preferences, not hard requirements. I'm more concerned with reliability of the translation.
posted by Ipsifendus to Writing & Language (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Also: are there other pieces of Indian literature, or (alternatively) secondary sources, that I should read prior to approaching the Mahabharata? Anything that would provide a good grounding in the cultural assumptions at work in the text? You may safely assume that I'm completely ignorant on questions of ancient Indian history, Hinduism, or epic verse in general.