“Fresh, fast-paced and cinematic! Andy Fraenkel’s book captures the scope and breath of this great epic.” Subhash Kak, Ph.D., Author & Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University – from his Foreword
“A wonderful, rich narrative! Andy Fraenkel does a fine job keeping all the threads clear, even as they interweave. I see his long career of storytelling at work on every page. The book is very attractive… along with map, glossary and key Hindu concepts, it’s obvious how much work was involved … the book should be in every library.” Robert Rosenthal, PhD, Philosophy Chair, Hanover College
“Andy Fraenkel’s very readable and insightful narrative allows immediate entrance into the Mahabharata, an epic known for its inscrutability. His deliciously distinct version of this martial text conjures up images of an ancient storyteller, sitting at a campfire surrounded by listeners who rightfully hang on his every word. Not to be missed!” Steven J. Rosen, author of 31 books & founding editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, http://www.sjrosen.com
Welcome to the site of the Mahabharata Project. One of the purposes is to advocate the study of Mahabharata in high school and college courses for Comparative Religious Studies, Hinduism, Classics, World Literature, Asian Studies, etc. This rendition is also great for book discussion groups, and even as a read aloud. Actually, everyone should study Mahabharata.
Mahabharata is the first of books. The Dharma teachings, the responsibilities of leadership, and warnings of the impending Kali-yuga (our age of darkness) are described as the five thousand year old epic unfolds. It’s a book that belongs to all the peoples of the world. The intent of my rendition is threefold: to deliver the story as good literature, to give it a cinematic slant, as potentially the basis for a film, and to keep it at a length that could easily be studied in college classrooms.
Praise for Mahabharata: The Eternal Quest
“The Mahabharata, even though thousands of years old, offers us visceral and uncanny insights into our age.” Gail N. Herman, PhD, Storyteller, Professor, Educational Consultant“
“Both entertaining and erudite, Andy Fraenkel’s rendering of the ancient Sanskrit epic Mahabharata delivers a text that is readily accessible to the layperson and refreshingly insightful to the scholar. A delight to read – and ponder over.” Greg Emery, Ph.D., Director, Global Leadership Center, Ohio University
“Wonderful! Your storytelling art – which quickly gets to the essence of everything – has opened the world of Mahabharata to me , for it has opened up the world of the feelings and emotions of Mahabharata.” Sacinandana Swami, Author & Spiritual Leader http://www.sacinandanaswami.com/
“Very readable. Elegantly written. Deserves to be highly successful….” Joel Mlecko, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Mars and Siddhartha
The first Mahabharata I can read aloud, placing me in the drama with Krishna, Arjuna, et al. Andy Fraenkel is today’s Sanjaya, the Gita’s reteller and seer of the Kuruksetra War. The path to transcendence has never been brighter!