This is the story of Nataraj, who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi, an imaginary town in South India. Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenia l days disturbed when Vasu, a powerful taxidermist, moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing-women up the printer’s private stairs. When Vasu, in search of larger game, threatens the life of a temple elephant that Natara j has befriended, complications ensue that are both laughable and tragic.
R. K. Narayan (1906–2001), born and educated in India, was the author of 14 novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene (who became a close friend), was often compared… More about R. K. Narayan
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Published by Penguin Classics May 01, 1993| 176 Pages| ISBN 9781101662212
“Conoisseurs have known for years that the city of Malgudi, hybrid of Mysore and the molten universe, is the place to go for some of the best, wisest, and slyest scenes from the human comedy.” —The Observer (London)
“Narayan’s comedy . . . is a classical art, profounf in feeling and delicate in control.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Narayan is a first-rate storyteller, and this is one of his most successful efforts . . . it cracks the whole of like wide open.” —The New Yorker