Oedipus the King

Gita Wolf, Sirish Rao, Indrapramit Roy Oedipus, king of Thebes, tries to uncover the dreadful sin for which the gods are punishing his city, but his search leads him into the dark depths of his own past. When he finds that the sin is his own, he visits upon himself the punishment that will lift the curse. This sensitive retelling of Sophocles’ masterpiece is powerfully illustrated with dramatic yet poignant art, recalling aspects of classical Greek visual traditions.

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Weight 490.0 g
Dimensions 279 × 216 mm





Silkscreen-printed on paper recycled from cotton waste



Co-published with

The J.Paul Getty Trust

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Golden Cube Award for Best Book Design, 2006

Winner, Association of American University Presses' annual show competition, 2005

Winner, American Association of Museums’ Publications Design Competition, 2005

Gold Trophy, University and College Designers Association’s Annual Design Competition, 2005


A riveting story... the book, which is totally handmade, is as elegant as the re-telling.

The New Sunday Express

…classic myths combined with ancient craftsmanship are certainly works of art.

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf

Gita Wolf started Tara Books as an independent publishing house based in India. An original and creative voice in contemporary Indian publishing, she is known for her interest in exploring and experimenting with the form of the book. She has written over twenty books for children and adults. Several have won major international awards and been translated into multiple languages. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary Indian writing. He has authored more than fifteen books, ranging from novels and children’s books to retellings of myths and collections of pop art. Several of his titles have won international awards. His writing reflects his interests in nature, mountaineering, travel and the oddities of language. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.


Indrapramit Roy

One of India’s finest contemporary artists, Indrapramit Roy taught painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda, in western India. In 1990, he received a fellowship to study painting at the Royal College of Art, London, and won the Burston Award and the Fleur Cawles Award for Excellence. He has exhibited widely in solo and group shows all over India. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.

Rathna Ramanathan

Rathna Ramanathan

Designer Rathna Ramanathan has steered the design philosophy of Tara since the very beginning. In the process, she can be said to have pioneered innovative children’s book design in India. Her main interest is in typography as well as in changing the form of the book. She runs minus9, her own graphic design studio, and is currently the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.