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  • Published: 11 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141393605
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

Untouchable




The extraordinarily powerful story of an Untouchable in India's caste system, with a new introduction by Ramachandra Guha, author of Gandhi Before India

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.

  • Published: 11 February 2014
  • ISBN: 9780141393605
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $19.99

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Praise for Untouchable

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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