Author: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812220130X
First attempt at India's own historical novel. . It is a legend in the tradition of the Mahabharata, where dialogue is as important as the story.
Anandamath is an extraordinary political novel. The plot of the story, which has epical dimensions, is based on the sanyasi rebellion that erupted in Bengal in the late eighteenth century. The sanyasis fought the British against all odds, whom they regarded as an arch enemy of the country and responsible for the terrible famine of 1772.
In this novel, Bankim also wrote Bande Mataram - Hail Motherland - and gave India its first national song, which later became a rallying call of the national freedom movement.
This novel is a legend of the struggle for freedom and the passion behind it seems to reflect Bankim's vision of free India. -- Rabindranath Tagore
Of all Bankim's works, by far the most important from its astonishing political consequences was Anandamath. - - R C Dutt in Encyclopaedia Britannica