> Skip to content
The Dark Room
About the book
  • Published: 15 November 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099428688
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $14.99

The Dark Room


Formats & editions


'Few writers since Dickens can match the effect of the colourful teeming that Narayan's fictional city of Malgudi conveys' John Updike

It is still a man's world in Malgudi. And that is where docile and obedient Savitri has endured more than her fair share of humiliations in her long-standing marriage. But even she knows when her bullying husband has gone too far.

For when Ramani insists on taking on an elegant new employee for the Engladia Insurance Company, Savitri recognises more than a professional interest in the woman. Her first resort is to try to ignore it. And her last resort is only just forestalled by a passing burglar...

  • Pub date: 15 November 2001
  • ISBN: 9780099428688
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

R. K. Narayan

R K Narayan's writing spans the greatest period of change in modern Indian history, from the days of the Raj - 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.

Also by R. K. Narayan

See all

Praise for The Dark Room

“RK 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, something regrettably lacking in some humorous writing”

Alexander McCall Smith


Related titles