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The Palace of Illusions By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Paperback)

The Palace of Illusions By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Paperback)

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"The Palace of Illusions" is a spellbinding novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni that retells the epic story of the Mahabharata from the perspective of one of its most fascinating and complex characters: Draupadi.

The story follows Draupadi from her childhood as the daughter of a powerful king, through her marriage to the five Pandava brothers, and on to the tumultuous events that lead to the epic war of the Mahabharata. Along the way, readers are treated to a rich and vivid portrait of ancient India, filled with colorful characters, intricate relationships, and timeless themes of love, loyalty, and duty.

Through Draupadi's eyes, we witness the complexities of her relationships with the Pandava brothers, her complicated feelings for her husband's cousin Karna, and her unwavering loyalty to her people and her principles. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's masterful storytelling and richly evocative prose bring to life the world of the Mahabharata with unparalleled depth and nuance.

Whether you are a fan of epic tales, historical fiction, or simply great storytelling, "The Palace of Illusions" is a must-read. It is a timeless masterpiece that offers a fresh and insightful perspective on one of the greatest stories ever told.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Picador India
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9386215969
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-9386215963
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of 18 books. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies and translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. She has won numerous awards, including an American

Book Award and the internation Premio Scanno Prize. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.

Her latest novel is Oleander Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2013). Her upcoming novel is Before We Visit the Goddess (about 3 generations of women-- grandmother, mother and daughter-- who each examine the question "what does it mean to be a successful woman." April 2016, Simon & Schuster.)

Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. Her novels One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have been optioned. Her collection of stories, Arranged Marriage has been made into a play.

She was born in India and came to the United States to continue her education, receiving a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

She currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ. of Houston. She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston, organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women in abusive situations. She is also closely involved with Pratham, an organization that helps educate children (especially those living in urban slums) in India.

She has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.

She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay (whose names she has used in her children’s novels).

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