The Palace of Illusions
Picador 40th Anniversary Edition
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Price  399.00
First published in 2008, The Palace of Illusions was a critically acclaimed bestseller; it reached number one in the Indian fiction list.

Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the five Pandava brothers, The Palace of Illusions finally gives a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharat. Tracing Panchaali’s life—from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only companion; through her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna; to marriage, motherhood and her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands’ most dangerous enemy—it’s a deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.

‘Divakaruni has given Draupadi a powerful voice.’—Outlook

‘Simple lucid, each word carefully considered as the heroine unfolds the different layers of the Mahabharat through conversations, stories and dreams.’—India Today‘Read this poignantly told book for yourself. You won’t stand to hear Draupadi called a kritya ever again’—Hindustan Times

‘Divakaruni gives us a racy and romantic tale, the story of not just Draupadi and the god Krishna, nit also of the most tragic hero in the whole wide world—Karna.’—Shekhar Kapur


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ISBN 9781447215967Category FictionSubcategory Literary Fiction
Publisher Pan Macmillan IndiaImprint PicadorPublished 02/02/2012
Format 198 x 126Binding PaperbackPage extent 360
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s books include the best-selling novels The Mi... »
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