ISBN 9780195651881,SAMASKARA




Oxford University Press

Publication Year 2000

ISBN 9780195651881

ISBN-10 019565188X

Paper Back

Number of Pages 180 Pages
Language (English)

Literature fiction

Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man, published by Oxford University Press, is the English version of the novel originally written in Kannada, by U. R. Ananthamurthy. The translation is done by A. K. Ramanujan. This educational edition of Samskara explains why the novel is both a religious and contemporary poetic reworking of ancient Hindu myths and themes. The central event of the story is death, which evokes in its wake a plague, moral chaos and a rebirth. Depicting a decaying Brahmin colony in a village of South India, the novel was extremely popular with both general readers and critics. This edition in English has been designed for students with exercises comprising a variety of questions.

About U. R. Ananthamurthy

U. R. Ananthamurthy was one of India's leading modern writers. He did all his creative writing in Kannada. A Jnanpith awardee and author of five novels, including the widely acclaimed Samskara (the current title), he has several collections of short stories, poems, plays, and critical writings to his credit. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, and the President of the Central Sahitya Akademi.