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Author: Gurdial Singh
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123727879
A celebration of the indomitable human spirit, Parsa is one the finest novels to emerge from the land of five rivers.
A Brahmin by caste, peasant by occupation and a gurmukh by faith, Parsa, the eponymous hero of the novel, brings together these characteristics in what is a unique portrayal in Punjabi fiction. A widower at forty; is estranged from his two elder sons; loses his most beloved son in a police encounter; invokes the wrath of his community by his defiance to abide by the death rituals of his wife. And much later in his life fathers a son out of wedlock. Through all these Parsa remains firm and unmoved.
Rana Nayar, the translator, is a Reader at the Department of English, Punjab University, Chandigarh.