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Author: Nanak Singh
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123742533
This book is Oriya translation of Punjabi novel titled Chitta Lahu.
White Blood is one of Nanak Singh's popular novels, published first in 1932, and later reprinted in dozens of subsequent editions. White Blood has literary as well as historical importance in the annals of the Punjabi novel. Although the author had earlier contributed some novelettes, this was his first major achievement, which like a milestone, showed the Punjabi novel the path of realism.
The portrayal of Punjabi life, individuality of characters, and their proper psychoanalysis, is wonderfully described. Besides, a double well-knit plot, interspersed with dramatic situations and dramatic-irony is praiseworthy. The novel is written in an ironical style, which is an effective satire on the wrongdoings of society of the time.
This peculiarity is intelligently crafted by the writer while sculpting various characters of the novel. It can be amply found in several scenes - representation of the deplorable condition of writers, Rodu, the juggler's struggle for a better life for the innocent child Sundri, preparation of country wine by Pala Singh and his men, the skirmish between the village farmers at a religious place, Anwar's dance performance, Sundri's addressing Anwar as "Maa Ji," dramatic transformation of Anwar's life. All these scenes are constructed with a brilliance that was never found earlier in the history of Punjabi literature.