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R. K. Narayan (1906–2001)

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R. K. Narayan was born Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami in Madras, India on October 10, 1906. He graduated from Maharaja College of Mysore with a B.A. degree in 1930. He attempted to teach for a bit but then switched to writing full time. His first book, Swami and Friends, was published in visa mer Britain in 1935. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories. His other novels included The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher, The Guide, The Financial Expert, The Man Eater of Malgudi, The Vendor of Sweets, and The World of Nagaraj. He was one of the first Indians to write in English and gain international recognition. He received numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan, India's highest prize. He died on May 13, 2001 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

Verk av R. K. Narayan

Malgudi Days (1943) 994 exemplar
Guiden (1958) 941 exemplar
Swami and Friends (1980) 465 exemplar
The Painter of Signs (1977) 420 exemplar
Mahābhārata (R. K. Narayan ed.) (1978) — Redaktör — 353 exemplar
Läraren och hans hustru (1978) 328 exemplar
The Financial Expert (1953) 326 exemplar
The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961) 320 exemplar
The Vendor of Sweets (1967) 320 exemplar
A Tiger for Malgudi (1982) 249 exemplar
The Bachelor of Arts (1937) 236 exemplar
Waiting for Mahatma (1958) 222 exemplar
Gods, Demons, and Others (1964) 159 exemplar
Talkative Man (1986) 129 exemplar
The World of Nagaraj (1990) 127 exemplar
My Days (1974) 123 exemplar
The Dark Room (1960) 117 exemplar
Tales from Malgudi (1995) 85 exemplar
The Abduction of Sita (2006) 75 exemplar
Indian Epics Retold (1995) 73 exemplar
Malgudi Omnibus (1994) 65 exemplar
Malgudi Landscapes (1992) 53 exemplar
Malgudi Adventures (2003) 51 exemplar
A Town Called Malgudi (1999) 42 exemplar
Emerald Route (1977) 34 exemplar
The Writerly Life (2001) 27 exemplar
More Tales From Malgudi (1997) 26 exemplar
A Breath of Lucifer (2011) 24 exemplar
A Horse and Two Goats (1970) 21 exemplar
The Very Best of R.K. Narayan (2013) 19 exemplar
Indian Thought: A Miscellany (1997) — Redaktör — 16 exemplar
Malgudi: stories (2011) 13 exemplar
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Bidragsgivare — 12 exemplar
Grateful to Life & Death (1953) 11 exemplar
Next Sunday 6 exemplar
Reluctant Guru (1974) 5 exemplar
Mysore 2 exemplar
Malgudi Days I 2 exemplar
Malgudi Days II (1999) 2 exemplar
The Saint of Sringeri (1977) 2 exemplar
Guide (2015) 2 exemplar
MR SAMPATH 1 exemplar
Guide 1 exemplar
MALAGUDI DAYS 1 exemplar
The Ramayana 1 exemplar
El venedor de dolços (2011) 1 exemplar
VAZHIKAATTI (2009) 1 exemplar
Ingen titel 1 exemplar
Tamil Nadu (1997) 1 exemplar
Rumah Seberang Jalan (2002) 1 exemplar

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The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Bidragsgivare — 504 exemplar
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 208 exemplar
Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee (1997) — Bidragsgivare — 201 exemplar
The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2001) — Bidragsgivare — 130 exemplar
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 81 exemplar
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Bidragsgivare — 74 exemplar
Penguin Book of Indian Ghost Stories (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 42 exemplar
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 32 exemplar
One World of Literature (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Bidragsgivare — 22 exemplar
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Bidragsgivare — 10 exemplar
Guide [1965 film] (1965) — Original novel — 4 exemplar
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
Prachtig weer verhalen (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Immortal Stories (2013) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Antaeus No. 70, Spring 1993 - Special Fiction Issue (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 1 exemplar


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lschiff | 7 andra recensioner | Sep 24, 2023 |
R.K. Narayan is one of those rare writers who can make the personalities of his characters exude through the pages, without describing any of their physical features, and heck, even the environment around them.
You have no idea what year it is at any given moment, which places the novel takes place in, and how much time passes between the events. Indeed, Guide, like most of Narayan's work, is timeless - taking place in a time and era of his choosing, with the reader and the character both going through their motions dispassionately. Colonialism, the Partition, politics, sports - all of these might as well not exist for the protagonist, and I found myself liking the novel more and more as it went along.
For him, fate is more or less destined, and we are just Shakespeare's actors taking part in a play. Existentialism, absurdism, nihilism - all philosophies are toyed with and thrown out quickly and methodically. Raju makes his own beliefs, and labels are just that - labels.
I never said, "I don't know." Not in my nature, I suppose. If I were inclined to say, "I don't know what you're talking about," my life would have taken a different turn.
You would think that Raju would cynically utter them often reserved for nostalgic baby boomers. Still, Raju speaks them in a dispassionately passionate tone - one that is truly enlightened. He might be a fraudster, but he has the wisdom that actual saints would do well to learn.
The ambiguous ending and the misogyny that was never explicitly addressed made me not as absorbed in the novel as I wanted to be. Still, I can see the praise for Guide, and it is deserving of its status as one of the Indian classics.
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SidKhanooja | 9 andra recensioner | Sep 1, 2023 |
Narayan writes wry, understated stories about domestic life in small-town India during the twentieth century. The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories is filled with tiny heartbreaks and minute revelations; the modulated restraint is so sustained that the rare streaks of malice or wit in these stories are almost shocking. I think I prefer those shocks: the exquisite small-scale tone is so constant as to be numbing, while the louder stories (showcasing such outrageous emotions as distant self-loathing and vague confusion) are arresting. "Second Opinion" features a narrator cleaving both to and from his mother, "Annamalai" is an oblique portrait of the near-friendship between a writer and his gardener, and the eponymous "The Grandmother's Tale" is a family myth refracted through several separate speakers.… (mer)
proustbot | 1 annan recension | Jun 19, 2023 |



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