The Promise by Vasantha Yogananthan
. First edition (2017). First impression in new condition. Flat signed by Vasantha Yogananthan to the title page. No markings, this is a new book. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About The Promise
The Promise is Chapter 2 of Yogananthan’s long-term project A Myth of Two Souls.
The Promise offers a contemporary retelling of The Ramayana. The Ramayana is a seven-chapter tale. It was first recorded by the Sanskrit poet Valmiki around 300 BC. The Ramayana is one of the founding epics of Hindu mythology. However, it has been reshaped and rewritten many times over the centuries.
Yogananthan has travelled all over India since 2013 trying to retrace the itinerary of the epic’s heroes. It is balanced somewhere between fiction and reality. As a result, he deliberately blurs the lines in different aesthetic approaches. Weaving together different elements such as colour, hand-painted and illustrated photographs. Furthermore, they are interspersed with vernacular images to compose the layers of this timeless story.
So, this second book celebrates the love between Rama and Sita, the two main characters of the story. This is a festive but challenging event. Moreover, it is strongly embedded in the collective imagination in India and Nepal. As a result, the Ramayana has been continuously rewritten and reinterpreted through time. Therefore for Yoganathan’s book has been retold by Indian writer Arshia Sattar.
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