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About the Author

R. K. Narayan was born Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami in Madras, India on October 10, 1906. He graduated from Maharaja College of Mysore with a B.A. degree in 1930. He attempted to teach for a bit but then switched to writing full time. His first book, Swami and Friends, was published in mostrar mais Britain in 1935. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories. His other novels included The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher, The Guide, The Financial Expert, The Man Eater of Malgudi, The Vendor of Sweets, and The World of Nagaraj. He was one of the first Indians to write in English and gain international recognition. He received numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan, India's highest prize. He died on May 13, 2001 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por R. K. Narayan

Malgudi Days (1943) 1,008 exemplares
The Guide (1958) 951 exemplares
Swami and Friends (1980) 471 exemplares
The Painter of Signs (1977) 434 exemplares
Mahābhārata (R. K. Narayan ed.) (1978) — Editor — 366 exemplares
The English Teacher (1978) 335 exemplares
The Financial Expert (1953) 332 exemplares
The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961) 327 exemplares
The Vendor of Sweets (1967) 322 exemplares
A Tiger for Malgudi (1982) 254 exemplares
The Bachelor of Arts (1937) 241 exemplares
Waiting for Mahatma (1981) 228 exemplares
Gods, Demons, and Others (1964) 162 exemplares
The World of Nagaraj (1990) 135 exemplares
Talkative Man (1986) 134 exemplares
My Days (1974) 127 exemplares
The Dark Room (1978) 120 exemplares
Tales from Malgudi (1995) 86 exemplares
Indian Epics Retold (1995) 76 exemplares
The Abduction of Sita (2006) 74 exemplares
Malgudi Omnibus (1994) 69 exemplares
Malgudi Landscapes (1992) 53 exemplares
Malgudi Adventures (2003) 49 exemplares
A Town Called Malgudi (1999) 42 exemplares
Emerald Route (1977) 35 exemplares
The Writerly Life (2001) 27 exemplares
More Tales From Malgudi (1997) 26 exemplares
A Breath of Lucifer (2011) 24 exemplares
The Very Best of R.K. Narayan (2013) 21 exemplares
A Horse and Two Goats (1970) 21 exemplares
Indian Thought: A Miscellany (1997) — Editor — 16 exemplares
Malgudi: stories (2011) 13 exemplares
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Grateful to Life & Death (1953) 11 exemplares
Lawley Road and Other Stories (1960) 9 exemplares
Reluctant Guru (1974) 6 exemplares
Next Sunday 6 exemplares
The Saint of Sringeri (1977) 2 exemplares
Guide (2015) 2 exemplares
Malgudi Days I 2 exemplares
Malgudi Days II (1999) 2 exemplares
Mysore 2 exemplares
Fellow-Feeling [short fiction] (1984) 2 exemplares
Sem título 1 exemplar
MALAGUDI DAYS 1 exemplar
Rumah Seberang Jalan (2002) 1 exemplar
Guide 1 exemplar
MR SAMPATH 1 exemplar
මගේ කලදවස (2022) 1 exemplar
The Ramayana 1 exemplar
MY DAYS 1 exemplar
Memoires d'un indien du sud (1994) 1 exemplar
El venedor de dolços (2011) 1 exemplar
VAZHIKAATTI (2009) 1 exemplar
Tamil Nadu (1997) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Contribuidor — 514 exemplares
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee (1997) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2001) — Contribuidor — 131 exemplares
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Penguin Book of Indian Ghost Stories (1993) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
One World of Literature (1992) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
Guide [1965 film] (1965) — Original novel — 4 exemplares
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Prachtig weer verhalen (1994) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Immortal Stories (2013) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Antaeus No. 70, Spring 1993 - Special Fiction Issue (1993) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Hello Young Lovers

Read by Richard Wulf
Length: ~7 hours

It’s always a delight to read Narayan. Malgudi Street, I feel I know it backwards. The vendors, the characters, the food, the little quarrels, the homour. Narayan’s books bring to life the villages and the people of my own favorite country, India.

Waiting for the Mahatma is the tale of Sriran and Bharati, two young people who meet at the beginning of the Indian war for independence. Bharati is passionate and fully committed to the cause. Sriran joins the movement only when he meets Bharati who is campaigning on the streets of his village in southern India.

Bharati will not marry the smitten Syrian until she has Gandhi’s blessing. Syrian is passive and sees the world through bewildered eyes. He’s innocent and seems to be dim-witted, but every now and then he shows spark, but then in the most inappropriate of times. Fortunately much of the time Bharati is around to put him in his place but not always, and when he follows the idea of an older man and tries, against Gandhi’s non-violence decree, to derail a train, he gets himself thrown into prison.

After several years Sryian is freed. It’s another world. Independence has been achieved and there’s the inevitable disorganization. He locates
Bharati who has relocated to Delhi where she lives with other Gandhi followers, caring for children who have been displaced from their families due to the Hindu-Muslim conflict. Gandhi has decreed that the children be given names of flowers, so as not to label them as belonging to any religion, Hindu, Sikh or Muslim, lest they become embroiled in the now bloody conflict. Bharati spins her own cotton, weaves her own cloth. She’s still dedicated to Ghandi and his way of life. Gandhi is busy so the couple must wait patiently for his blessing.

It’s a simple tale elegantly told with love and humor, and the subtle irony one expects from a Narayan story. So much so that the unanticipated ending leaves the reader with a terrible chill.

Narayan is such a beautiful writer. Fortunately he was prolific and his books can be read time over time. They are indeed treasures. Read any you can get your hands on.
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kjuliff | 3 outras críticas | Apr 7, 2024 |
With a writing career that spanned two thirds of the 20th century, R K Narayan used to be one of the best-known Indian writers internationally (there were several shelves of his books in our public library when I was growing up), but he’s rather faded off the map recently. As someone who grew up heavily influenced by writers like Thomas Hardy, Arnold Bennett and P G Wodehouse, was promoted by Graham Greene, and who produced dozens of well-made middle-class novels, most of them set in the imaginary South Indian small town of Malgudi, he doesn’t really fit the profile we look for in postcolonial writers, but he was extraordinarily good at what he did, and there seems to be a lot of value in his Balzacian project of chronicling the way Indian small town society fits together.

ThIs recent reprint, with an introduction from that great modern comic storyteller Alexander McCall Smith, brings together three short novels from Narayan’s middle period, all written shortly after Independence.
In Mr Sampath: the printer of Malgudi a young man comes to Malgudi to set up a new, socially-critical weekly magazine. The only printer he can find willing to take on the legal risks is the eccentric Sampath, whose ancient printing plant clearly isn’t quite up to the job, but who somehow gets the magazine going anyway. All goes well until Sampath is distracted by an opportunity to get into the movie business, and chaos ensues as the young editor finds himself scripting a Hindu epic instead of writing columns attacking slum landlords and town officials.
The financial expert, Margayya, is a middleman who when we first meet him is making a good living sitting under a banyan tree outside the Co-operative Land Bank helping farmers to fill in their loan applications. A humiliation makes him determined to rise in the world and make a career for his son, and a few years later he has made it to a city office and is running a wildly successful pyramid scheme, but of course the son isn’t interested in following in his father’s footsteps, and the pyramid collapses…
Waiting for the Mahatma is more directly historical — a young man with no real political convictions is drawn into the Independence campaign after being asked for donations by a pretty girl who turns out to be in Mahatma Gandhi’s entourage. The only way to get close to the girl is to join the movement himself. Narayan cleverly manages to convey both the enormous excitement of the Mahatma’s personal charisma and the difficulty normal humans face in trying to put his radical ideas into practice in their lives.
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2 vote
thorold | 2 outras críticas | Mar 25, 2024 |
Small town money lender. Classic Narayan.
ben_r47 | 5 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
This was an interesting charity shop find which piqued my interest since I have very patchy knowledge of Indian culture and the Hindu religion which are encompassed in this sprawling poem.

Maha (a prefix indicating greatness) Jaya/Bharata (Great victory) is primarily an epic tale of the conflict between factions of a royal family (The (Good) Pandavas and the (Bad) Kauravas) who are at war with each other on a supernatural, mystical and godly scale. Intertwined with this basic plot are philosophical, spiritual and historical musings on life, love, family, respect, duty, vengeance and forgiveness (amongst many others) all conveniently abridged in a palatable retelling of the huge Sanskrit scripture.

Since it is a retelling and heavily summarised, it would be unjust to judge this as a proper novel. Instead, I see it almost as non-fiction and a gateway to a layman's understanding to the roots of Indian culture. With this in mind, it isn't a really knock your socks off read but it is a really interesting and educational adaptation and definitely worth a read: 3/5
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Dzaowan | 3 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |



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