Overview for Gurdial Singh: A Reader
The volume is a comprehensive study of the life and times of the author and his works, presenting samples of his short stories, novels and non-fictional and journalistic writings. It brings out the critical reception of the author by critics. It explores themes such as the condition of the marginalised, caste conflicts and class structures and the tragedy of the common man that preoccupied the writer through out his career.
Gurdial Singh is a prominent contemporary Punjabi novelist. He is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1976 and the coveted Jnanpith Award for 1999. He is also a noted translator.
Rana Nayar (Editor)
Scholar, critic, translataor and theatre artist, Rana Nayar teaches at the Department of English, Panjab University, Chandigarh. His translations of Gurdial Singh include two novels, Night of the Half-Moon (Macmillan, Chennai, 1996) and Parsa (NBT, New Delhi, 1999), and a collection of stories, Earthy Tones (Fiction House, New Delhi, 2002). From Across the Shores (Sterling, New Delhi, 2002), a collection of stories written in Punjabi by Asians in Britain, is his path-breaking work in translation, which he did at the British Centre of Literary Translation, University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1999, on a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship. His forthcoming publications are: The Eye of the Doe and Other Stories in English translation, and The Curse of a Tree (Creative Circle, Chandigarh), a collection of Biba Balwantâ€™s poems in translation. He is currently researching a book, (Mis) readings of the Mahabharata: ideology, Narrative, History and Culture and also translating Gurdial Singhâ€™s novel, Anhoe. He has directed several plays and published more than three dozen articles, reviews and research papers in journals of national and international repute.