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Mr. Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma by R. K. Narayan

Mr. Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma

  • Hardcover $27.00

    Mar 07, 2006 | 616 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Jul 22, 2009 | 616 Pages

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“The novelist I most admire in the English language.” –Graham Greene

“Few writers since Dickens can match the effect of colorful teeming that Narayan’s fictional city of Malgudi conveys.” –John Updike

“The hardest of all things for a novelist to communicate is the extraordinary ordinariness of most human happiness…Jane Austen, Soseki, Chekhov: a few bring it off. Narayan is one of them.” –The Spectator

“The experience of reading one of his novels is…comparable to one’s first reaction to the great Russian novels: the fresh realization of the common humanity of all peoples, underlain by a simultaneous sense of strangeness–like one’s own reflection seen in green twilight.” –New York Herald Tribune Book Review

“Narayan is a writer of Gogol’s stature, with the same gift for creating a provincial atmosphere in a time of change…One is convincingly involved in this alien world without ever being aware of the technical devices
Narayan so brilliantly employs.” –The New Yorker

Author Essay

A novelist of little things

India has long occupied a special place in the imagination of outsiders. It is in every sense an astonishing country – a country which is immensely rich in history, which is inhabited by the most remarkable and engaging people, and which holds within its boundaries virtually every type of landscape one might care to contemplate, from Rajasthan deserts to high Himalayan snowfields. For those who are smitten by India – and their number is legion – there is a rich body of literature in English with which to nurture this passion. One might pass a lifetime in a library of Indian memoirs, topography, history, religion, and philosophy, and, of course, fiction. And on those fiction shelves one would come across, in pride of place, the novels of R. K. Narayan, all well-loved short books with beguiling titles (how
could one resist a book called The Vendor of Sweets ?), and each of them a delightful window into the world that is India. Who was
he, this scholarly-looking man with his heavy-framed spectacles and his air of intense concentration? Why are his books so
cherished and admired by enthusiasts in so many countries?

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