R.K. Narayan

The Novelist and His Art

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30/12/2016

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344 pages

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Publication date:

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Hardback

344 pages

Ranga Rao

R.K. Narayan’s immense literary oeuvre comprises novels, novellas, short stories, travelogues, and film scripts. This volume offers detailed critical analyses of Narayan’s fifteen novels and novellas. Through the lens of the three gunas in Indian philosophy, Ranga Rao traces the novelist’s shift from sattvic comedies to rajasic and tamasic ones. He embellishes his critique with rich annotations, offering numerous facts and filiations, drawn from critics as well as friends and relatives of Narayan. This volume stands out as a definitive study of one of the most prominent authors of early Indian literature in English.
Ranga Rao is a visiting faculty member at the Department of English, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi, India.

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Ranga Rao

Description

R.K. Narayan’s immense literary oeuvre comprises novels, novellas, short stories, travelogues, and film scripts. In a career spanning over six decades, the creator of Malgudi received, notably, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan.
Drawing upon his five decades of sustained interest and research on Narayan, and his own experience as a writer, Ranga Rao offers in this volume detailed critical analyses of Narayan’s fifteen novels and novellas. Through the lens of the three gunas in Indian philosophy, Rao traces Narayan’s shift from sattvic comedies to rajasic and tamasic ones, thereby charting the growth of the author himself—from styling himself as a realistic fiction writer to carving for himself a niche in the field of literature.
Rao embellishes his critique with rich annotations, offering numerous facts and filiations, drawn from critics as well as friends and relatives of Narayan. This volume stands out as a definitive study of one of the most prominent authors of early Indian literature in English.

About the Author

Ranga Rao
is a visiting faculty member at the Department of English, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi, India. He has earlier taught at Sri Venkateswara College in New Delhi, India. Besides creative and critical works, he has also compiled, edited, and translated anthologies.

Ranga Rao

Table of contents


Foreword by Shyamala A. Narayan
Acknowledgements
Introduction

I HOME-GROWN: BACKGROUND

1. Mixed Sap: A Life
2. I Had Not Been False: A Career
3. Profundity with a Light Touch: A Style

II THE PRE-INDEPENDENCE NOVELS

4. In a World Dominated by Adults: Swami and Friends
5. Live a Man’s Life: The Bachelor of Arts
6. Sacral Space: No Trespassing!—The Dark Room
7. Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision: Ordeal and Aftermath
8. Some Eternal Scheme: The English Teacher and the Partitive Parallax
9. Enchantment in Life: Mr. Sampath and the Naipaul Enigma

III VICE-FECTION: THE POST-INDEPENDENCE NOVELS AND NOVELLAS

10. A Wizard for Malgudi: The Financial Expert
11. The Moth and the Mahatma: Waiting for the Mahatma
12. Grateful to Love and Death: The Guide
13. For God, Country—and Comedy! The Man-Eater of Malgudi
14. Private Sorrows, Indian Remedy: The Vendor of Sweets
15. First Love Again! The Painter of Signs
16. Caution! Masterful Male! Talkative Man
17. Guru and Chela: A Tiger for Malgudi
18. Mettle Fatigue: The World of Nagaraj
19. Gunas Horror: Grandmother’s Tale

IV SUMMING UP

20. Cosmic Comedy: R.K. Narayan’s Gunas Comedy

Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Ranga Rao

Ranga Rao

Ranga Rao

Description

R.K. Narayan’s immense literary oeuvre comprises novels, novellas, short stories, travelogues, and film scripts. In a career spanning over six decades, the creator of Malgudi received, notably, the Sahitya Akademi Award, the Padma Bhushan, and the Padma Vibhushan.
Drawing upon his five decades of sustained interest and research on Narayan, and his own experience as a writer, Ranga Rao offers in this volume detailed critical analyses of Narayan’s fifteen novels and novellas. Through the lens of the three gunas in Indian philosophy, Rao traces Narayan’s shift from sattvic comedies to rajasic and tamasic ones, thereby charting the growth of the author himself—from styling himself as a realistic fiction writer to carving for himself a niche in the field of literature.
Rao embellishes his critique with rich annotations, offering numerous facts and filiations, drawn from critics as well as friends and relatives of Narayan. This volume stands out as a definitive study of one of the most prominent authors of early Indian literature in English.

About the Author

Ranga Rao
is a visiting faculty member at the Department of English, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Puttaparthi, India. He has earlier taught at Sri Venkateswara College in New Delhi, India. Besides creative and critical works, he has also compiled, edited, and translated anthologies.

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Table of contents


Foreword by Shyamala A. Narayan
Acknowledgements
Introduction

I HOME-GROWN: BACKGROUND

1. Mixed Sap: A Life
2. I Had Not Been False: A Career
3. Profundity with a Light Touch: A Style

II THE PRE-INDEPENDENCE NOVELS

4. In a World Dominated by Adults: Swami and Friends
5. Live a Man’s Life: The Bachelor of Arts
6. Sacral Space: No Trespassing!—The Dark Room
7. Purify the Mind and Clarify the Vision: Ordeal and Aftermath
8. Some Eternal Scheme: The English Teacher and the Partitive Parallax
9. Enchantment in Life: Mr. Sampath and the Naipaul Enigma

III VICE-FECTION: THE POST-INDEPENDENCE NOVELS AND NOVELLAS

10. A Wizard for Malgudi: The Financial Expert
11. The Moth and the Mahatma: Waiting for the Mahatma
12. Grateful to Love and Death: The Guide
13. For God, Country—and Comedy! The Man-Eater of Malgudi
14. Private Sorrows, Indian Remedy: The Vendor of Sweets
15. First Love Again! The Painter of Signs
16. Caution! Masterful Male! Talkative Man
17. Guru and Chela: A Tiger for Malgudi
18. Mettle Fatigue: The World of Nagaraj
19. Gunas Horror: Grandmother’s Tale

IV SUMMING UP

20. Cosmic Comedy: R.K. Narayan’s Gunas Comedy

Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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