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The Dark Room

The Dark Room

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. In The Dark Room, Narayan’s portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband’s humiliations and trying to

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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. In The Dark Room, Narayan’s portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband’s humiliations and trying to escape them. Written during British rule, this novel brings colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Wordsworth
"Narayan's limits are meticulously imposed and observed by his humour and compassion come from a deep universal well, with the result that he has transformed his imaginary of Malgudi into a bubbling parish of the world." -- The Observer
Margaret Parto
"The experience of reading one of his novels is...comparable to one's first reaction to the great Russian novels: The first realization of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness -- like one's own reflection seen in a green twilight." -- The New York Herald Tribune Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345803818
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Series:
Vintage International
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

B Wright
"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 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 never have known what it is like to be Indian."

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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