Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation

Category: Book
By (author): Mitchell, Stephen
Subject:  RELIGION / Hinduism / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Published: August 2002
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 9.30in x 5.50in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*Stephen Mitchell is widely known for his ability to make ancient masterpieces thrillingly new, to step in where many have tried before and create versions that are definitive for our time. His celebrated version of the Tao Te Ching is the most popular edition in print, and his translations of Jesus, Rilke, Genesis, and Job have won the hearts of readers and critics alike. Stephen Mitchell now brings to the Bhagavad Gita his gift for breathing new life into sacred texts.

The Bhagavad Gita is universally acknowledged as one of the world's literary and spiritual masterpieces. It is the core text of the Hindu tradition and has been treasured by American writers from Emerson and Thoreau to T. S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem after the Divine Comedy. There have been more than two hundred English translations of the Gita, including many competent literal versions, but not one of them is a superlative literary text in its own right.

Now all that has changed. Stephen Mitchell's Bhagavad Gita sings with the clarity, the vigor, and the intensity of the original Sanskrit. It will, as William Arrowsmith said of Mitchell's translation of The Sonnets to Orpheus, "instantly make every other rendering obsolete."

From the Hardcover edition.
From The Publisher*There have been more than 200 English translations of the BHAGAVAD GITA, the sixth book in India’s national epic, The Mahabharata. It has been treasured by American writers from Thoreau and Emerson to T.S. Eliot, who called it the greatest philosophical poem in world literature. This inspired translation by Stephen Mitchell, who possesses an absolute literary genius for translating ancient texts, may be the best one yet. Now in paper.
Review Quote*"Of this world-beloved, timeless classic this is the most poetic rendition."        
-- Huston Smith

From the Hardcover edition.
Biographical NoteStephen Mitchell's many books include The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Job, Tao Te Ching, Parables and Portraits, The Gospel According to Jesus, Meetings with the Archangel, and The Frog Prince.

From the Hardcover edition.