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First staged in 1892, the South Indian play Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam) is considered the greatest modern work of Telugu literature and the first major drama written in an Indian language that critiqued British colonialism's effects on Indian society. Filled with humor, biting social commentary, parody, and masquerade, the plot revolves around a clever courtesan, a young widow, and a very old man who wants to buy as his wife a very young girl. Velcheru Narayana Rao has prepared the first idiomatic English translation, with notes and a critical essay. Itself a masterpiece of Indian literature in translation, this edition makes Apparao's work available to new audiences.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253219138
ISBN-10: 0253219132
Format: Paperback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 17mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gurajada Apparao

Gurajada Apparao (1862-1915) is regarded as the father of modern Telugu literature. Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.