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Title:  The Palace of Illusions: A Novel

Author:  by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni


First American edition, First printing 


Format: Hardcover 

Book condition:  Used - Good to Very Good.  Yellowing to pages.  

Cover:  Good to Very Good.  

Dust Jacket:  Good.   Shelf wear and edge wear to dust jacket.  Dust jacket is protected with Mylar cover. 


A reimagining of the world-famous Indian epic, the Mahabharat—told from the point of view of an amazing woman.

Relevant to today’s war-torn world, The Palace of Illusions takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

The novel traces the princess Panchaali's life, beginning with her birth in fire and following her spirited balancing act as a woman with five husbands who have been cheated out of their father’s kingdom. Panchaali is swept into their quest to reclaim their birthright, remaining at their side through years of exile and a terrible civil war involving all the important kings of India. Meanwhile, we never lose sight of her strategic duels with her mother-in-law, her complicated friendship with the enigmatic Krishna, or her secret attraction to the mysterious man who is her husbands' most dangerous enemy. Panchaali is a fiery female redefining for us a world of warriors, gods, and the ever-manipulating hands of fate. 



Publisher: ‎ Doubleday; 2008  

Hardcover: ‎ 384 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 0385515995

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0385515993

Dimensions: ‎ 5.9 x 8.4 inches


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The Palace of Illusions: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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