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Munshi Premchand (Author) Lalit Srivastava (Translator)
Synopsis In Karambhumi, Premchand explores the complex world of human relationships while firmly grounding his characters in the social and political realities of his times. Through his protagonists and their yearnings, love, laughter, tears, trials and tribulations, the author subtly brings alive the India of the early decades of the twentieth century, at the same time delivering a powerful social and political message. So light is his touch that his protagonists seem to be at times at odds with themselves but, for that very reason, more human. Threads of Hindu-Muslim unity; shared goals of the welfare of these two communities; and the non-violent struggle of the untouchables, peasants, and the city’s poor for their rights are deftly interwoven in Premchand’s novel. It is starting to note how topical these issues are even in the India of our times and yet how divorced from our urban lives. Certainly the innocent idealism seems rather anachronistic today, but at the same time, very appealing. With its focus on the nationalist movement and strong political and social overtones, this volume will be of interest to the general reader, as well as students and scholars of literature, Indian literature in translation, and social history.
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About the authors

Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand (1880-1936) was a pioneering figures 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.

Lalit Srivastava

Lalit Srivastava is Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Science, at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He has published several research papers, books, and monographs. This translation is his first literary work.

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Bibliographic information

Title Karmabhumi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195676416
length xxi+358p., Glossary; 23cm.