In India's great epic Maha-+bh+írata, the eighth book, “Karna,”; recounts the events that occurred during the mighty hero Karna’s two days as general of the K+íurava army. This second volume resumes on the war's seventeenth and penultimate day. This will be a momentous day for the Bh+írata clans and especially for a number of their most distinguished heroes, with some of the epic’s most telegraphed events reaching their climax. Not only will the epic's most anticipated duel between its greatest champions +ürjuna and Karna be played out to its cruel and tragic end, but one of the more gruesome episodes in the epic will also take place with Duhsh+ísana meeting the fate that has long awaited him since his brazen mistreatment of Dr+íupadi in the assembly hall.
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