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Gaban : The Stolen Jewels

Premchand (Author)
Synopsis Ramanath, the morally weak but physically charming son of a poor but honest government clerk in Allahabad, marries the beautiful Jalpa, whose passion for jewellery involves him in increasingly complex financial and personal relationships, eventually leading to his apparent disgrace, and his flight from home. Shocked into the renunciation of all her finery, Jalpa discovers Ramanath’s whereabouts, only to learn that he has become the willing tool of the Calcutta police, who are bent on implicating innocent people to successfully conclude an unsolved robbery case. Her courageous appeals to his better nature finally bring about his redemption and their reunion. Gaban gives us a fascinating glimpse of North Indian society, and especially of the author’s own Kayasth community. The novel also serves to put forth his own deeply-held views of the ills of that society.
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About the author


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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Bibliographic information

Title Gaban : The Stolen Jewels
Author Premchand
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0195662636
length xiv+310 p.