A Malgudi Omnibus

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

By (author) R. K. Narayan


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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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  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 30mm | 421.84g
  • 04 Aug 1997
  • London
  • English
  • 0749396040
  • 9780749396046
  • 322,183

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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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"Narayan's humour and compassion come from a deep universal well, with the result that he has transformed his imaginary 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 "R K Narayan's Malgudi novels are humorous gems and it is a great pity that they are not better known. He wrote beautifully and with great compassion." -- Alexander McCall Smith Guardian "Few writers since Dickens can match the effect of the colourful teeming that Narayan's fictional city of Malgudi conveys" -- John Updike

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