In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of Indian fiction, we witness the birth of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. The three novels brought together in this volume, all written after India's independence, are masterpieces of social comedy, rich in local colour and abounding in affectionate humour and generosity of spirit.
The four novels collected here, all written during British rule, bring colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism.
'Few writers since Dickens can match the effect of the colourful teeming that Narayan's fictional city of Malgudi conveys' John Updike
'R K Narayan is one of those writers who not only creates literature but reaffirms its relevance to everyday life' Financial Times
R. K. Narayan is one of India's most valued and adored twentieth-century novelists. He takes his place alongside Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen and Chekhov in the pantheon of twentieth-century greats.
Keynote/Publisher's Comments'The novelist I admire most in the English language' Graham Greene
KEY POINTS: * A companion volume to A Malgudi Omnibus which Minerva published in 1994 and features three other Malgudi novels. * A wonderful collection of novels gathered together in one stunning reader friendly volume. * Narayan has a wide fan base and is recognised as a major writer- a Nobel Prize candidate. * Published as part of the Indian Summer Promotion campaign. * 'The novelist I most admire in the English language' - Graham Green.
R. K. Narayan is one of India's most valued and adored twentieth-century novelists. He takes his place alongside Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen and Chekhov in the pantheon of twentieth-century greats