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Rangbhumi The Arena of Life With an Introduction by Alok Ra

Price : $50.00
ISBN # : 9780195667127
Author : Munshi Premchand & Christopher R. King (Tr)
pages: 250
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press

In this novel of epic proportion set in pre-Independence India, Premchand treads the tricky ground of tensions between the rulers and the ruled. Capturing the travails and traumas of peasant society, Rangbhumi celebrates the unassailable spirit of the common man. The original Hindi novel, published in 1925, was critically acclaimed for its strong characterization and realistic portrayal of the times. The novel revolves around the blind Surdas, who begs for a living, but is also the owner of a much-coveted piece of land. The land is used as a kind of commons by the fractious villagers of Pandepuróbut it is also actively sought by a local industrialist, Sevak, who wants to set up a cigarette factory. Thus Surdasís land becomes a symbolic stage on which are fought issues of diff erent routes to development. In an Introduction to the volume Alok Rai provides the context of the work and shows how Rangbhumi was a product of both personal and political difficulties. Readership This volume will appeal to students and scholars of Indian writing in translation, comparative literature, and translation studies, as also admirers of Munshi Premchandís works. Author Details Munshi Premchand (1880Ė1936) A pioneering figure in modern Hindi literature. He was one of the initiators of realism in Indian fiction and introduced the genre of the short story in Hindi. With social themes and character studies, he set the standard for writers who followed. Editor Details Christopher R. King (Tr) taught history and communication studies at the University of Windsor, Canada. He is the author of One Language, Two Scripts: The Hindi Movement in Nineteenth Century North India (OUP 1994) and the translator of Gaban: The Stolen Jewels (OUP

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Friday 23 April, 2010.

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