The Palace of Illusions


Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

9789386215963 | PB | pp. 384 | 2019 | Picador

Part history, part myth, and wholly magical – The Palace of Illusions is a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata.

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First published in 2008, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions has received wide acclaim for giving a woman’s take on the timeless tale that is the Mahabharata. Narrated by Panchaali, wife of the five Pandava brothers, the novel traces her life from fiery birth and lonely childhood, where her beloved brother is her only true 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. This tenth anniversary edition, complete with a new author’s note, celebrates once again a remarkable and deeply human story about a woman born into a man’s world.

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About the Author

The author teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.

Her books include the bestselling novels The Mistress of Spices (longlisted for the Orange Prize), Queen of Dreams and Sister of My Heart, the prizewinning story collections Arranged Marriage and The Unknown Errors of Our Lives, and the Conch Bearer series for children.


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