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R. K. Narayan was born Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayanaswami in Madras, India on October 10, 1906. He graduated from Maharaja College of Mysore with a B.A. degree in 1930. He attempted to teach for a bit but then switched to writing full time. His first book, Swami and Friends, was published in vis mere Britain in 1935. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 30 novels and hundreds of short stories. His other novels included The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher, The Guide, The Financial Expert, The Man Eater of Malgudi, The Vendor of Sweets, and The World of Nagaraj. He was one of the first Indians to write in English and gain international recognition. He received numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan, India's highest prize. He died on May 13, 2001 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Værker af R. K. Narayan

Malgudi Days (1943) 1,003 eksemplarer
The Guide (1958) 949 eksemplarer
Swami and Friends (1980) 467 eksemplarer
Skiltemaleren (1977) 425 eksemplarer
Mahābhārata (R. K. Narayan ed.) (1978) — Redaktør — 363 eksemplarer
The English Teacher (1978) 334 eksemplarer
The Financial Expert (1953) 329 eksemplarer
The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961) 324 eksemplarer
The Vendor of Sweets (1967) 320 eksemplarer
A Tiger for Malgudi (1982) 251 eksemplarer
The Bachelor of Arts (1937) 239 eksemplarer
Waiting for Mahatma (1981) 226 eksemplarer
Gods, Demons, and Others (1964) 161 eksemplarer
Talkative Man (1986) 131 eksemplarer
The World of Nagaraj (1990) 129 eksemplarer
Mr. Sampath: The Printer of Malgudi (1948) 126 eksemplarer
My Days (1974) 124 eksemplarer
The Dark Room (1978) 119 eksemplarer
Tales from Malgudi (1995) 85 eksemplarer
Indian Epics Retold (1995) 75 eksemplarer
The Abduction of Sita (2006) 74 eksemplarer
Malgudi Omnibus (1994) 66 eksemplarer
Malgudi Landscapes (1992) 53 eksemplarer
Malgudi Adventures (2003) 48 eksemplarer
A Town Called Malgudi (1999) 42 eksemplarer
Emerald Route (1977) 35 eksemplarer
The Writerly Life (2001) 27 eksemplarer
More Tales From Malgudi (1997) 26 eksemplarer
A Breath of Lucifer (2011) 24 eksemplarer
A Horse and Two Goats (1970) 21 eksemplarer
The Very Best of R.K. Narayan (2013) 20 eksemplarer
Indian Thought: A Miscellany (1997) — Redaktør — 16 eksemplarer
Malgudi: stories (2011) 13 eksemplarer
Modern Short Stories 2: 1940-1980 (1982) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Grateful to Life & Death (1953) 11 eksemplarer
Lawley Road and Other Stories (1960) 9 eksemplarer
Reluctant Guru (1974) 6 eksemplarer
Next Sunday 6 eksemplarer
The Saint of Sringeri (1977) 2 eksemplarer
Guide (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Malgudi Days I 2 eksemplarer
Malgudi Days II (1999) 2 eksemplarer
Mysore 2 eksemplarer
Fellow-Feeling [short fiction] (1984) 2 eksemplarer
Ingen titel 1 eksemplar
MALAGUDI DAYS 1 eksemplar
Rumah Seberang Jalan (2002) 1 eksemplar
Guide 1 eksemplar
MR SAMPATH 1 eksemplar
මගේ කලදවස (2022) 1 eksemplar
The Ramayana 1 eksemplar
MY DAYS 1 eksemplar
Memoires d'un indien du sud (1994) 1 eksemplar
El venedor de dolços (2011) 1 eksemplar
VAZHIKAATTI (2009) 1 eksemplar
Tamil Nadu (1997) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of Short Stories (1981) — Bidragyder — 510 eksemplarer
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 212 eksemplarer
Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee (1997) — Bidragyder — 202 eksemplarer
The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature (2001) — Bidragyder — 131 eksemplarer
The Treasury of English Short Stories (1985) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
Penguin Book of Indian Ghost Stories (1993) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
One World of Literature (1992) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
Studies in Fiction (1965) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Guide [1965 film] (1965) — Original novel — 4 eksemplarer
Modern Fiction About Schoolteaching: An Anthology (1995) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Prachtig weer verhalen (1994) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Immortal Stories (2013) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Antaeus No. 70, Spring 1993 - Special Fiction Issue (1993) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Small town money lender. Classic Narayan.
ben_r47 | 5 andre anmeldelser | Feb 22, 2024 |
This was an interesting charity shop find which piqued my interest since I have very patchy knowledge of Indian culture and the Hindu religion which are encompassed in this sprawling poem.

Maha (a prefix indicating greatness) Jaya/Bharata (Great victory) is primarily an epic tale of the conflict between factions of a royal family (The (Good) Pandavas and the (Bad) Kauravas) who are at war with each other on a supernatural, mystical and godly scale. Intertwined with this basic plot are philosophical, spiritual and historical musings on life, love, family, respect, duty, vengeance and forgiveness (amongst many others) all conveniently abridged in a palatable retelling of the huge Sanskrit scripture.

Since it is a retelling and heavily summarised, it would be unjust to judge this as a proper novel. Instead, I see it almost as non-fiction and a gateway to a layman's understanding to the roots of Indian culture. With this in mind, it isn't a really knock your socks off read but it is a really interesting and educational adaptation and definitely worth a read: 3/5
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Dzaowan | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 15, 2024 |
A belated contribution to #NovNov (Novellas in November), The Painter of Signs is R K Narayan's eleventh of fifteen novels by this prolific Indian author. Like his early novels (including Swami and Friends (1935), which I reviewed here), it is set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi, at an indeterminate time but recognisably in an era when women's roles were starting to change.

Thirty-something Raman is a painter of signs for businesses in his local area, and he takes great pride in his work. He lives beside the river where occasionally a gust of wind will blow a bit of sand onto a board which is not quite dry. In the early part of the book we see him forego payment if his sign has flaws because his integrity matters more to him than money.

Raman lives with his elderly aunt, who has looked after his needs for his entire life. She is a quiet presence in the novel, spending her days sourcing and storing the best ingredients for the meals he likes best. Her sole amusement comes from visiting the temple at the end of the day and retelling her personal history. Raman takes her for granted and apart from occasional moments of guilt and resentment about her interest in his doings, does not appreciate that her life has been devoted to his. So it's not surprising that he thinks marriage is unnecessary.

Scornful about superstitions, religion and caste, Raman although conservative in his lifestyle, thinks well of himself and his modern attitude to rationality. He reads science and history books, which contribute to his sense of superiority. Although he works hard at his sign-painting, he does not recognise that he has the leisure to educate himself only because a woman is taking care of his needs.

Into this calm and settled life comes Daisy, a modern young woman whose very name signifies that she is an outsider of no caste or family. She hires Raman to make signs for her government-sponsored program to limit population growth through family planning, and her fervent attitude makes her fearless in tackling what is an intimate subject in her society, especially in remote villages. Raman is fascinated by her manner and appearance which signify her rejection of woman's traditional role. She is cagey about her past, but eventually Raman learns that she left home because she would not submit to being inspected for marriage and the inevitability of subservience to a man.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2023/12/08/the-painter-of-signs-1976-by-r-k-narayan/
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anzlitlovers | 9 andre anmeldelser | Dec 7, 2023 |
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