R K Narayan - Author

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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.

 

R K Narayan died in 2001.

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An Astrologers Day

An Astrologers Day

Author: R K Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/08/2017

Mysore

Mysore

Author: R K Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2017

Waiting For Mahatma

Waiting For Mahatma

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

Set against the backdrop of the Indian Freedom Movement, this fiction novel from award-winning Indian writer R. K. Narayan traces the adventures of a young man, Sriram, who is suddenly removed from a quiet, apathetic existence and, owing to his involvement in the campaign of Mahatma Gandhi against British rule in India, thrust into a life as adventurously varied as that of any picaresque hero."e;There are writers-Tolstoy and Henry James to name two-whom we hold in awe, writers-Turgenev and Chekhov-for whom we feel a personal affection, other writers whom we respect-Conrad, for example-but who hold us at a long arm's length with their 'courtly foreign grace.' Narayan (whom I don't hesitate to name in such a context) more than any of them wakes in me a spring of gratitude, for he has offered me a second home. Without him I could never have known what it is like to be Indian."e;-Graham Greene"e;R. K. Narayan...has been compared to Gogol in England, where he has acquired a well-deserved reputation. The comparison is apt, for Narayan, an Indian, 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."e;-Anthony West, The New Yorker

An Astrologers Day

An Astrologers Day

Author: R K Narayan Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Mysore

Mysore

Author: R K Narayan Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

Swami and Friends

Swami and Friends

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

R. K. Narayan (19062001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. Swami and Friends introduces us to Narayan's beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan's excitement about his country's initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardor for cricket and all other things British. Written during British rule, this novel brings colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism.

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

R. K. Narayan (19062001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The Bachelor of Arts is a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. This pioneering novel, luminous in its detail and refreshingly free of artifice, is a gift to twentieth-century literature.

Dark Room

Dark Room

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

R. K. Narayan (19062001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy.In The Dark Room, Narayan's portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband's humiliations and trying to escape them. Written during British rule, this novel brings colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism.

English Teacher

English Teacher

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

R. K. Narayan (19062001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The title character in The English Teacher, Narayan's most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness. This pioneering novel, luminous in its detail and refreshingly free of artifice, is a gift to twentieth-century literature.

Mr. Sampath--The Printer of Malgudi

Mr. Sampath--The Printer of Malgudi

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. Mr. SampathThe Printer of Malgudi is the story of a businessman who adapts to the collapse of his weekly newspaper by shifting to screenplays, only to have the glamour of it all go to his head. Written after India's independence, this novel is amasterpiece of social comedy, rich in local color and abounding in affectionate humor and generosity of spirit.

Financial Expert

Financial Expert

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. In The Financial Expert, a man of many hopes but few resources spends his time under a banyan tree dispensing financial advice to those willing to pay for his knowledge. As charming as it is compassionate, this novel provides an indelible portrait of India in the twentieth century.

Waiting for the Mahatma

Waiting for the Mahatma

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2012

In the novels of R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), the forefather of modern Indian fiction, human-scale hopes and epiphanies express the promise of a nation as it awakens to its place in the world. In Waiting for the Mahatma, a young drifter meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seenan adherent of Mahatma Gandhiand commits himself to Gandhi's Quit India campaign, a decision that will test the integrity of his ideals against the strength of his passions. This novel, written after India's independence, is a masterpiece of social comedy, rich in local color and abounding in affectionate humor and generosity of spirit.

My Days

My Days

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

My Days is the only memoir from R.K. Narayan, one of the twentieth century's most important writers in the English language. This edition includes a foreword by John Updike.In the wryly funny style that has made him famous, R.K. Narayan shares his life story, beginning in his grandmother's garden in Madras with a ferocious pet peacock. As a young boy with no interest in school he trains grasshoppers and scouts and then, against the advice of all, especially his commanding headmaster father, the dreaming Narayan begins to write fiction. When one of his pieces is accepted by Punch magazine, what he describes as his 'first prestige publication', his life becomes gradually filled with bumbling British diplomats, strange movie moguls, evasive Indian officials and 'the blind urge' to fall in love. Like his fiction R.K. Narayan's memoirs are acutely perceptive of the human condition, often brilliantly funny and always forgiving.

Swami and Friends

Swami and Friends

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

The Guide

The Guide

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2007

The Vendor of Sweets

The Vendor of Sweets

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2007

The Guide A Novel

The Guide A Novel

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2006

Raju's first stop after his release from prison is the barber's shop Then he decides to take refuge in an abandoned temple. Raju used to be India's most corrupt tourist guide - but now a peasant mistakes him for a holy man. Gradually, almost grudgingly, he begins to play the part. He succeeds so well that God himself intervenes to put Raju's new holiness to the test.

Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2006

Introducing this collection of stories, R. K. Narayan describes how in India 'the writer has only to look out of the window to pick up a character and thereby a story'. Malgudi Days is the marvellous result. Here Narayan portrays an astrologer, a snake-charmer, a postman, a vendor of pies and chappatis - all kinds of people, drawn in full colour and endearing domestic detail. And under his magician's touch the whole imaginary city of Malgudi springs to life, revealing the essence of India and of human experience.

The Ramayana A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic

The Ramayana A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/11/2006

The Ramayana is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of The Ramayana. Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epic and adores the main figures in it - Rama and Sita. Every child is told the story at bedtime . . . The Ramayana pervades our cultural life.' Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki, probably around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless variant versions in different languages. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original. It can be enjoyed and appreciated, he suggests, for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its practical wisdom - or just as a thrilling tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities and demons.

R K Narayan Omnibus Volume 1 Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher

R K Narayan Omnibus Volume 1 Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts, The Dark Room, The English Teacher

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2006

R. K. Narayan (1906-2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. Swami and Friends introduces us to Narayan's beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan's excitement about his country's initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardour for cricket and all other things British. The Bachelor of Arts is a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. In The Dark Room, Narayan's portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband's humiliations and trying to escape them. The title character in The English Teacher, Narayan's most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness.

R K Narayan Omnibus Volume 2 Mr Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma

R K Narayan Omnibus Volume 2 Mr Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi, The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2006

Mr Sampath - The Printer of Malgudi is the story of a businessman who adapts to the collapse of his weekly newspaper by shifting to screenplays, only to have the glamour of it all go to his head. In The Financial Expert, a man of many hopes but few resources spends his time under a banyan tree dispensing financial advice to those willing to pay for his knowledge. In Waiting for the Mahatma, a young drifter meets the most beautiful girl he has ever seen - an adherent of Mahatma Gandhi - and commits himself to Gandhi's Quit India campaign, a decision that will test the integrity of his ideals against the strength of his passions.

Malgudi Adventures Classic Tales for Children

Malgudi Adventures Classic Tales for Children

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2003

Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories

Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/10/2001

An enchanting collection from India's foremost storyteller, rich in wry, warmly observed characters from every walk of Indian life - merchants, beggars, herdsmen, rogues - all of whose lives are microcosms of the human experience Like Nambi in the title story, Narayan has the mesmeric ability to spellbind his audience. This he achieves with a masterful combination of economy and rhythm, creating haunting images and a variety of settings to evoke a unique paradox of reality and folklore.

The English Teacher

The English Teacher

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2001

Krishna, an English teacher in the town of Malgudi, nagged by the feeling he's doing the wrong work, is nonetheless delighted by his domestic life, where his wife and young daughter wait for him outside the house every afternoon. Devastated by the death of his wife, Krishna comes to realise what he really wants to do, and makes a decision that will change his life forever.

Gods Demons And Others

Gods Demons And Others

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2001

Assuming the character of a wise village storyteller, R K Narayan sits in the cool of an imaginary evening to recount the tales of the centuries.Taken from the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and other Indian epics, the gods and demons, saints and sinners assume their symbolic and philosophical roles without ever losing their human characteristics. It is a measure of the author's achievement that he so subtly imbues them with his own distinctive wit and vision.This book is illustrated throughout by Narayan's brother R K Laxman, with woodcuts based on temple carvings.

The Financial Expert

The Financial Expert

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2001

In the shade of a banyan tree sits Margayva, self-styled advisor on the complex minor transactions which are an integral part of Indian life. Who else would you consult if you wanted a loan from the local Co-operative Bank?But a scrape with officialdom in the form of an unplanned interview with the Bank's Secretary - and a mishap which finds his spoilt son Balu throwing his accounts book down a drain - temporarily cuts short a lucrative career.

The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2001

The Mahabharata is some 3,500 years old and is the longest poem in any language. It is one of the founding epics of Indian culture and, with its mixture of cosmic drama and profound philosophy (one small section forms the BHAGHAVAD GITA) it holds aunique place in world literature. In this drastically shortened prose rendering, Narayan uses all his extraordinary talents to convey to a modern reader why this is such a great story. Filled with vivid characters, obsessed with the rise and fall of gods, empires and heroes, Narayan's MAHABHARATA is an enormously enjoyable experience and the perfect introduction to the otherwise bewildering Indian cosmology.

My Dateless Diary

My Dateless Diary

Author: R K Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/10/2000

The Bachelor Of Arts

The Bachelor Of Arts

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2000

Chandran is a good-natured, popular, rather dreamy student who works hard to pass his exams. Newly graduated, he is unsure how he wants to spend his future. And then, one evening, walking by the river, he sees Malathi, a beautiful young girl dressed in a radiant green sari But the course of love does not run smoothly. Not all is well in Chandran's horoscope and while some customs can be forgotten, others must be strictly observed: customs that temporarily cause Chandran to turn his back on the legendary Malgudi altogether.

Waiting For The Mahatma

Waiting For The Mahatma

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/06/2000

The first that indolent young Sriram knows about Mahatma Ghandi's visit to Malgudi is when a collection box is waved beneath his nose by the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. The vision's name is Bharato. Capable and quick-witted, her scorn for her gauche but ardent admirer is almost equal to her devotion to the Mahatma. Yet that is how Sriram leaves Malgudi to become a passionate apostle of the Quit India campaign - only to find his convictions tested by the rigours of a prison cell.

More Tales From Malgudi Mr Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi,The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma and The World of Nagaraj

More Tales From Malgudi Mr Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi,The Financial Expert, Waiting for the Mahatma and The World of Nagaraj

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/1997

THE BOOK: This omnibus edition features four books from R. K. Narayan's famous series based in the imaginary Indian town of Malgudi: The World of Nagaraj, Mr Sampath-Printer of Malgudi, Waiting for the Mahatma and The Financial Expert. Each of these novels demonstrates Narayan's rare talent and extraordinary gifts and are confirmed of his status as a major international writer.

The Grandmother's Tale

The Grandmother's Tale

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/1994

A Malgudi Omnibus

A Malgudi Omnibus

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/08/1994

Here are three of R. K. Narayan's most famous and best loved novels, all set in the imaginary Indian town of Malgudi. These irresistable worksprovide the perfect introduction to a universal world of humour, sadness, wisdom and joy.

The Vendor Of Sweets

The Vendor Of Sweets

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/1993

While the colourful sweetmeats are frying in the kitchen, Jagan immerses himself in his copy of the Bhagavad Gita. A widower of firm Gandhian principles, Jagan nonetheless harbours a warm and embarrassed affection for his wastrel son Mali. Yet even Jagan's patience begins to fray when Mali descends on the sleepy city of Malgudi full of modern notions, with a new half-American wife and a grand plan for selling novel-writing machines. From different generations and different cultures, father and son are forced to confront each other, and are taken by surprise . . .

The Man-eater of Malgudi

The Man-eater of Malgudi

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/06/1993

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.

The Painter of Signs

The Painter of Signs

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/1993

In this wry, funny, bittersweet story, love gets in the way of progress when Raman, a sign painter, meets the thrillingly independent Daisy, who wishes to bring birth control to the city of Malgudi.

Writer's Nightmare Selected Essays, 1958-88

Writer's Nightmare Selected Essays, 1958-88

Author: R. K. Narayan Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/1988

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