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The Gift of a Cow: A Translation of the Classic Hindi Novel: Godaan

 
Premchand (Author) Gordon C. Roadarmel (Translator)
Synopsis Premchand is the most famous Hindi novelist, and Godaan is Premchand’s most celebrated novel. Economic and social conflict in a north Indian village are brilliantly captured in the story of Hori, a poor farmer, and his family’s struggle for survival and self-respect. Hori does everything he can to fulfill his life’s desire: to own a cow, the peasant’s measure of wealth and well-being. Like many Hindus of his time, he believes that making the gift of a cow to a Brahman before he dies will help him achieve salvation. An engaging introduction to India before independence, Godaan is at once village ethnography, moving human document, and insightful colonial history. Out of print for many years, this translation is regarded as a classic in itself.
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About the author

Premchand

Premchand (1880-1936). Born in Lamhi village near Varanasi in north India as Dhanpat Rai, Premchand's realistic writings highlighted the social milieu through a multi-faceted portrayal of human nature. The 12 novels, 300 or so short stories (most of them collected in an 8-volume set called Mansarovar and in Soz-e-Watan), plays and numerous essays-all add up to make him not only one of the most prolific but also marvelously creative writers, who came to be regarded as the spokesman of the disinherited and the downtrodden. The Second Wife (titled Nirmala in Hindi) represents a high-water mark of Premchand's genius as a creator of realistic fiction.

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Title The Gift of a Cow: A Translation of the Classic Hindi Novel: Godaan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178240404
length xxviii+442p.