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Sant Singh Sekhon: Selected Writings

Tejwant Singh Gill (Editor)
Synopsis The volume includes selected writings of Sant Singh Sekhon, the most innovative writer of Punjabi in the 20th century. Starting his literary career as a poet of English, albeit of great promise, he shifted to Punjabi out of deep alignment with Punjab, its language, literature and culture. Though modern literary forms, short story and one-act play for example, may have originated with his predecessors, they owe their beginning to him. If criticism has come to perform a directive role in interplay with writings in Punjabi, it was largely because he devised it as a creative genre. Included here are his critical articles, covering Punjabi poets of all the eras. Sekhon was also a prolific translator, professing a distinct theory of translation. Neither literal conversion nor transliteration seemed veritable to him. Samples of his translation also figure in the volume in ample measure in which he seeks to pose a creative tension between Punjabi and English. Half the writings comprising this volume were written by Sekhon in English.
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About the author

Tejwant Singh Gill

Dr. Tejwant Singh Gill, the compiler and translator was a Professor of English for several decades Dr. Gill has written extensively on Punjabi culture, language, literature, film and Painting. His books, written in English as well as Punjabi, are marked both by erudition and acumen. As a Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, he worked on the orientalist translation and critique of the Adi Granth. At present he is preparing five volume of History of Punjabi literature. Dr. Gill has translated into English a volume of poetry of Pash, entitled Reckoning with Dark Times and One Hundred Years of Solitude, Garcia Marquez into Punjabi. His book on Amrita Sher-Gil is due for publication.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sant Singh Sekhon: Selected Writings
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sahitya Akademy
Language: English
isbn 8126019999
length vii+578p., Bibliography; 25cm.