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Author: A N Krishnarao
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): G S Amur
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126027880
A.N. Krishnarao (1908-1971), novelist, short story writer, playwright, biographer and cultural activist was one of the most prolific writers in Kannada literature during its Navodaya and Progressive phases.
Though he made valuable contributions to the development of almost all the forms he is best remembered as a novelist who established the novel as the most important medium of expression of contemporary experience and influenced a whole generation of writers by opening out new areas of experience and by perfecting the art of story telling.
His novels deal with a variety of interrelated themes – the organic community based on traditional values and its disintegration under the pressures of modern life; the family and its breakdown; sex and marriage; the artist and his world; social evils like prostitution and commercializing of values – unrolling a vast panorama of a changing society caught in the conflict of tradition and modernity in the first half of the twentieth century in more than a hundred novels.
Sandhyaraga was the first novel in Kannada to receive critical attention in the from of a whole volume of essays in appreciation by reputed scholars. It has been translated into Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali and Tamil, though this is the first translation to appear in English.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
G.S. Amur (b. 1925) is a well known critic in English and Kannada. He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1996 for his Bhuvanada Bhagya, a Critical study of D.R. Bendre, the eminent Kannada poet. Among the other awards he has received are; Rajya Prashasti and Pampaprashasti instituted by the Government of Karnataka, the Gaurava Prashasti by the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi.