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Clarinda: A Historical Novel

Authors (s): A. Madhaviah (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9798126019167
Pages: xlviii+321p., Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; References; Notes; 23cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.2005, 1st ed.
Publisher: Sahitya Akademy
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB24693
List price: US $ 20,00
Bagchee price: US $ 18,00
You save: (10.00%)
Member price: US $ 16,20 info

Overview for Clarinda: A Historical Novel

Clarinda written in English is a novel set in the mid-18th century.The story is based on a historical figure, a real Clarinda, the widow of a Maratha Brahmin, who had been one of the King's servants in Tanjore, and after her husband's death became the concubine of an English officer of the name of Lyttleton.She asked Rev. Schwartz to baptize her when he visited Palayamkottai. He refused, however, because of her'irregular union'.Some years later, after her husband's death, she was accepted into the church.From these bare facts, Madhaviah creates a fictionalized early life of Clarinda as she grows up in the principality of Tanjore.The imagined story of this unusual woman, who gradually takes control of her life, gives Madhaviah the opportunity to work out some of his favourite themes: women's education, the questions of sati and widow re-marriage, and the encounter between Hinduism and Christianity.The cross-cultural, inter-religious relationship which is at the heart of the novel is unusual and profoundly interesting.
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