A Malgudi Omnibus: "Swami and Friends", "Bachelor of Arts", "English Teacher"

A Malgudi Omnibus: "Swami and Friends", "Bachelor of Arts", "English Teacher"

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By (author) R. K. Narayan

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 30mm | 422g
  • Publication date: 4 August 1997
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0749396040
  • ISBN 13: 9780749396046
  • Sales rank: 302,454

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Here are three of R. K. Narayan's most famous and best loved novels, all set in the imaginary Indian town of Malgudi. These irresistable worksprovide the perfect introduction to a universal world of humour, sadness, wisdom and joy.

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R. K. Narayan's writing spans the greatest period of change in modern Indian history, from the days of the Raj with Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937) and The English Teacher (1945), to recent years of political unrest - The Painter of Signs (1976), A Tiger for Malgudi (1983), and Talkative Man (1987). He has published numerous collections of short stories, including Malgudi Days (1982) and Under the Banyan Tree (1985), and several works of non-fiction. His final work was The Grandmother's Tale: Three Novellas (1993). R. K. Narayan died in 2001.

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"The novelist I most admire in the English language... Narayan 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" -- Graham Green "Narayan's humour and compassion come from a deep universal well, with the result that he has transformed his imagery township of Malgudi into a bubbling parish of the world" Observer "The hardest of all things for a novelist to communicate is the extraordinary ordinariness of human happiness. Jane Austen, Soskei, Chekhov; a few bring it off. Narayan is one of them" Spectator "No writer is more deceptively casual, or less fussed about the Eternal Verities, or more unerring in arriving by delightful detours at his destination - which is seldom a terminus because life keeps bobbing on" Guardian