Penguin India Publication
|Number of Pages||240 Pages|
Regarded as the first major Indian novel in English, Kanthapura is the story of how Gandhis struggle for independence came to a casteist south Indian village. Young Moorthy, back from the city, brimming with new ideas, seeks to cut across ancient barriers and unite the villagers in nonviolent action.
About the Author Raja Rao (1909 - 2006), a path-breaker of Indian writing in English, was born in Hassan, Mysore. After he graduated from Madras University, he went on to the University of Montpellier in France on a scholarship. He moved to the United States in 1966, where he taught at the University of Texas at Austin until 1983, when he retired as emeritus professor. A powerful and profound writer and a superb stylist, Rao successfully and imaginatively appropriated English for the Indian narrative. He was honored with Indias second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2007, the Sahitya Academy Award in 1964 and the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1988.