First staged in 1892, Girls for Sale (Kanyasulkam) is considered one of the greatest modern works of Telugu literature.
The first major play written in an Indian language that critiqued British colonial Indiaâ€™s effects on Indian society, it is filled with humour, biting social commentary, parody and masquerade. The plot revolves around an English-speaking dandy, a clever courtesan, a young widow, and an old man who wants to buy a very young girl as his wife.
Eminent Telugu scholar and literary critic Velcheru Narayana Raoâ€™s English translation, with notes and a critical essay, makes Apparaoâ€™s work available to a new audience.
"This translation is a work of art."
--- David Shulman
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin?Madison. Along with coauthor David Shulman, he was the 2004 recipient of the A.K. Ramanujan Prize for Translation from the Association for Asian Studies for Classical Telugu Poetry: An Anthology.