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In 1932, Nurullah, an English teacher aged twenty-three, comes to the city of Akbarabad. He teaches literature to 'first-years' at the univesity and encounters a non-violent resistance movement against British rule. It seems to him a bizarre way for an occupied country to confront an empire in a violent unequal world - one more wrong turn, among others, that Indian history ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by HarperCollins India
(first published 2003)
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I was given a copy of this book to read for a lecture on Indian literature. There is a writing style that caused some trouble to "get into" the book, but it contains some interesting insights into the world that I think everyone should be reminded of. Also, it doesn't romanticize Indian life, but it only depicts a sliver of it.
Nayantara Sahgal is an Indian writer in English. Her fiction deals with India's elite responding to the crises engendered by political change. She was one of the first female Indian writers in English to receive wide recognition. She is a member of the Nehru family (not the Nehru-Gandhi family as she so often points out), the second of the three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru's sister, Vijaya ...moreMore about Nayantara Sahgal...