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R.K. Narayan: The Novelist and His Art

ISBN : 9780199470754

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¥3,289
Author: 
Ranga Rao
Pages
320 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
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R.K. Narayan occupies centre stage among Indian English writers of the twentieth century, with fifteen novels and novellas and more than half a dozen collections of short stories to his credit. He was the first Indian writer in English to win the Sahitya Akademi Award (1958). This work is a definitive study of the man and the writer. Ranga Rao presents an intimate picture of Narayan, based on his personal experiences with the Narayan himself and his friends and relatives. Rao does detailed critical analyses of all of Narayan's novels and novellas, reading them through the lens of the Indian philosophical concept of the three 'gunas' (quality or virtue): 'sattvic' (harmonious), 'rajasic' (passionate), and 'tamasic' (chaotic). Ranga Rao post-scripts his critique with wide-ranging endnotes, offering plenty of facts and filiations, drawn from critics as well as friends and interviewers of Narayan, and from the novelist's own non-fictional works.

Index: 

PART I HOME-GROWN: BACKGROUND
Chapter 1: Mixed Sap: A Life
Chapter 2: I Had Not Been False: A Career
Chapter 3: Profundity with a Light Touch: A Style

PART II THE PRE-INDEPENDENCE NOVELS
Chapter 4: In a World Dominated by Adults: Swami and Friends
Chapter 5: Live a Man's Life: The Bachelor of Arts
Chapter 6: Sacral Space: No Trespassing!-The Dark Room
Chapter 7: Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision: Ordeal and Aftermath
Chapter 8: Some Eternal Scheme: The English Teacher and the Partitive Parallax
Chapter 9: Enchantment in Life: Mr. Sampath and the Naipaul Enigma

PART III
VICEFECTION: THE POST-INDEPENDENCE NOVELS AND NOVELLAS
Chapter 10: A Wizard for Malgudi: The Financial Expert
Chapter 11: The Moth and the Mahatma: Waiting for the Mahatma
Chapter 12: Grateful to Love and Death: The Guide
Chapter 13: For God, Country-and Comedy!: The Man-Eater of Malgudi
Chapter 14: Private Sorrows, Indian Remedy: The Vendor of Sweets
Chapter 15: First Love Again!: The Painter of Signs
Chapter 16: Guru and Chela: A Tiger for Malgudi
Chapter 17: Caution! Masterful Male!: Talkative Man
Chapter 18: Mettle Fatigue: The World of Nagaraj
Chapter 19: Gunas Horror: The Grandmother's Tale

PART IV Summing Up _
Chapter 20: Cosmic Drama: R.K. Narayan's Gunas Comedy

Bibliography _
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About the Author

About the author: 

Ranga Rao is a visiting faculty at the Department of English, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Andhra Pradesh.

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