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Author: Mulk Raj Anand

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Format Paperback | 160 pages
Publication date 24 Jun 2014
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd

SKU: 9780141393605 Category:


Mulk Raj Anand’s extraordinarily powerful story of an Untouchable in India’s caste system, with a new introduction by Ramachandra Guha, author of Gandhi

Bakha is a proud and attractive young man, yet none the less he is an Untouchable – an outcast in India’s caste system. It is a system that is even now only slowly changing and was then as cruel and debilitating as that of apartheid. Into this vivid re-creation of one day in the life of Bakha, sweeper, and toilet-cleaner, Anand pours a vitality, fire, and richness of detail that earn his place as one of the twentieth century’s most important Indian writers.

‘One of the most eloquent and imaginative works to deal with this difficult and emotive subject’ Martin Seymour-Smith

‘It recalled to me very vividly the occasions I have walked ‘the wrong way’ in an Indian city, and it is a way down which no novelist has yet taken me’ E. M. Forster

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Weight 123 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 9 mm


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