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R. K. Narayan (1906 2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The four novels collected here, all written during British rule, bring colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism. "Swami and Friends "introduces us to Narayan s beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan s excitement about his country s initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardor for cricket and all other things British. "The Bachelor of Arts "is a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. In "The Dark Room," Narayan s portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband s humiliations and trying to escape them. The title character in "The English Teacher," Narayan s most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness. These pioneering novels, luminous in their detail and refreshingly free of artifice, are a gift to twentieth-century literature. (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400044764
ISBN-10: 1400044766
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 134mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - R Narayan

R. K. Narayan (1906 2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. October 10, 2006, is the centennial of Narayan's birth."