An exhilarating, spiritually edifying and deeply moving story of one of India's greatest emperors, Ashoka the Great compellingly re-creates the life and times of the great dynasty of the Mauryas with a remarkable authenticity.
Ashoka The Great presents an extraordinary account of the legendary Indian emperors incredible yet controversial life. This fictional biography delves into Ashokas quests and moral dilemmas and looks at him not just as a great king, but a spiritual seeker. Originally published in Dutch as a trilogy in separate volumes, it was written between 1937 and 1947 by Dutch scholar Wytze Keuning in Groningen in the Netherlands and has now been brought together and presented in this single volume for the first time. Keuning perfectly fuses facts and thoughts, Mauryan customs and mores, life and reflection on the meaning of life as seen through the vision of Ashoka's gurus and the history of personal influences upon Ashoka that marked his rule and legacy. This and more makes it a rare and distinguished book.
About the Author
- Explores the life of one of the most intriguing kings of Indian history.
- A captivating story that recreates the life and times of the Mauryas with remarkable authenticity.
- Balances facts and fiction to create a compelling account
- It was originally published in Dutch, as a trilogy, written between 1937 and 1947 by the Dutch scholar Wytze Keuning. In this version, all three volumes, Ashoka - The Wild Prince, Ashoka - The Wise Ruler and Ashoka - The World's Great Teacher, have been brought together.
worked as a schoolteacher and headmaster of a primary school in the Netherlands during the latter half of the twentieth century. In 1937, he decided to dedicate his career to writing the historical biography of Ashoka.About the Translator
worked as a child psychologist between 1962 and 1995.