Swami and Friends

Swami and Friends

by R. K. Narayan
     
 

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R. K. Narayan (1906—2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. Swami and Friends introduces us to Narayan’s beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan’s excitement about his country’s initial stirrings for independence competes with his…  See more details below

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R. K. Narayan (1906—2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. Swami and Friends introduces us to Narayan’s beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan’s excitement about his country’s initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardor for cricket and all other things British. Written during British rule, this novel brings colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism.

Editorial Reviews

Amit Amit
"The novels R.K. Narayan are the best I have read in any language for a long time....His work gives a conviction that it is possible to capture in English, a language not born of Indian, the distinctive characteristics of Indian family life." -- Daily Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345803795
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,322,847
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

Graham Greene
"There are writers -- Tolstoy and Henry James to name two -- whom we hold in awe, writers -- Turgenev and Chekhov -- for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect - Conrad for example -- but who hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly foreign grace.' Narayan (whom I don't hesitate to name in such a context) more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home. Without him I could have never have known what it is like to be Indian."
John Updike
"Few writers since Dickens can match the effect of the colorfull teeming that Narayan's fiction city of Malgudi conveys."

Meet the Author

R. K. Narayan (1906-2001) was one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. Most of his stories are set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi, a place that Narayan populated with numerous characters. He was the recipient of many awards for his work including the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India's highest literary honor. In 1980 he was awarded the AC Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature, of which he was an honorary member and in 1982 he was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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