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Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Translated into English


Full Title: AVASTHE

Author: U.R. Ananthamurthy
Publisher: Harper Collins India
Translator: Narayan Hegde
Original Language: Kannada

Award Category: Translated into English
About the Book: 

First published in Kannada in 1978, Avasthe is U.R. Ananthamurthy's tour de force.

In a nation struggling with corruption and the corrosion of human values, the prime minister is all set to become a ruthless dictator. From his sickbed, Krishnappa Gowda, revolutionary leader of the peasants, grapples with his conscience, the schemes of partymen and flattery from hangers-on. Memories come and go as his mind, tethered to a failing body, reaches for the true meaning of life.

In Ananthamurthy's hands, life's cruel negations - caste, poverty, pettiness - are delicately balanced with its triumphs - the splendour of nature, the majesty of poetry, the delight of friendship, the deliverance of love.

The quintessential Indian novel, Avasthe is a masterpiece whose meanings will continue to resonate and reveal themselves long after it has been read.

About the Author: 

U.R. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014) is one of India's greatest literary figures and public intellectuals. His publications include novels, short stories, poetry, translations and essays in literary and cultural criticism. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan and the Jnanpith Award.

Narayan Hegde is a translator and Emeritus Professor of English at SUNY College, Old Westbury. He is a recipient of the Katha Translation Award and an NEA Literature Fellowship.

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