Bara

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ISBN:

9780199469406

Publication date:

30/07/2016

Hardback

112 pages

Price: 295.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199469406

Publication date:

30/07/2016

Hardback

112 pages

U.R. Ananthamurthy & Translated by Chandan Gowda

Written during the Indian Emergency, through a series of vivid encounters with local characters, Bara depicts the tortuous realities of Indian democracy, and captures the political and moral dilemmas of the educated middle class. Set in mofussil Karnataka, it grippingly narrates a civil servant’s quest for an ethical life amidst desperate social circumstances.

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Rights:  World Rights

U.R. Ananthamurthy & Translated by Chandan Gowda

Description

Ajji, can I have some water? … Just a few drops will do, Ajji.
With the searing sky above and the blistering earth below, like cactus the people of this parched terrain are determined to stay alive. Emaciated children scurry along, dejected farmers pawn their ploughs, weary women sleep on empty stomachs…. Would those perishing now have died anyway? Or is hunger calling them away prematurely?
Filled with social concern, Satisha, the district commissioner, wants to help the afflicted. But he is caught between the politicians who are unwilling to declare the district drought-hit and the murky local realities where a religious outfit strives to protect cows, the desperate youth hold a deity responsible for the failed rains, and petty activists seek to secure their own interests.
Can the idealist Satisha win the game where corrupt politicians are rolling the dice and stand by his conviction to help the afflicted? Written during the Indian Emergency, Bara depicts the tortuous realities of Indian democracy, and captures the political and moral dilemmas of the educated middle class.

About the Author

U.R. Ananthamurthy (1932–2014) was a distinguished Kannada writer and public intellectual. Samskara and Bharathipura are among his best known novels. He was honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 1994.

Translated by Chandan Gowda, who teaches at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.

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U.R. Ananthamurthy & Translated by Chandan Gowda

Table of contents


Author’s Note
Translator’s Note

Bara

Afterword
Interview with U.R. Ananthamurthy
About the Author and the Translator

U.R. Ananthamurthy & Translated by Chandan Gowda

U.R. Ananthamurthy & Translated by Chandan Gowda

Review

‘Often, little gems of storytelling get hidden amidst the celebrations of the classic works of an author. U.R. Ananthamurthy’s Bara is one such gem which has been beautifully repolished in an act of translation. Bara is a fable, a scenario, a game plan that unfolds as India becomes dictatorial. Ananthamurthy sees emergencies as an invitation to ethics, a test of ideology and site for the possibilities of politics and evil. The prose is chiselled, the drama subtle, even comic, and the effect memorable. A story to be cherished.’
Shiv Visvanathan, Professor, School of Law, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat

U.R. Ananthamurthy & Translated by Chandan Gowda

Description

Ajji, can I have some water? … Just a few drops will do, Ajji.
With the searing sky above and the blistering earth below, like cactus the people of this parched terrain are determined to stay alive. Emaciated children scurry along, dejected farmers pawn their ploughs, weary women sleep on empty stomachs…. Would those perishing now have died anyway? Or is hunger calling them away prematurely?
Filled with social concern, Satisha, the district commissioner, wants to help the afflicted. But he is caught between the politicians who are unwilling to declare the district drought-hit and the murky local realities where a religious outfit strives to protect cows, the desperate youth hold a deity responsible for the failed rains, and petty activists seek to secure their own interests.
Can the idealist Satisha win the game where corrupt politicians are rolling the dice and stand by his conviction to help the afflicted? Written during the Indian Emergency, Bara depicts the tortuous realities of Indian democracy, and captures the political and moral dilemmas of the educated middle class.

About the Author

U.R. Ananthamurthy (1932–2014) was a distinguished Kannada writer and public intellectual. Samskara and Bharathipura are among his best known novels. He was honoured with the Jnanpith Award in 1994.

Translated by Chandan Gowda, who teaches at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.

Kindly download the flyer for more details.

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Reviews

‘Often, little gems of storytelling get hidden amidst the celebrations of the classic works of an author. U.R. Ananthamurthy’s Bara is one such gem which has been beautifully repolished in an act of translation. Bara is a fable, a scenario, a game plan that unfolds as India becomes dictatorial. Ananthamurthy sees emergencies as an invitation to ethics, a test of ideology and site for the possibilities of politics and evil. The prose is chiselled, the drama subtle, even comic, and the effect memorable. A story to be cherished.’
Shiv Visvanathan, Professor, School of Law, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat

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Table of contents


Author’s Note
Translator’s Note

Bara

Afterword
Interview with U.R. Ananthamurthy
About the Author and the Translator

Read More