Author: R K Narayan
Editor: S Krishnan
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140297340
Available for the first time in a collectors' edition, this volume brings together four of Narayan's most memorable novels set in Malgudi.
In a writing career spanning over half a century, R K Narayan created the imagined landscape of a town called Malgudi, located somewhere in South India. Malgudi is a town just like any other, its inhabitants like old familiars one might meet round the corner of any ordinary street. With deft strokes of his pen, Narayan is able to flesh out characters and situations that entertain us on the first reading and linger in our memory for years afterwards.
‘The World of Malgudi’ brings together four of Narayan’s most memorable novels set in Malgudi. In Mr. Sampath, we are told of the collaborative efforts of Srinivas, the editor, and Nr Sampath, the printer, who work together on a local weekly. We next meet Margayya, in ‘The Financial Expert’, who sits under a banyan tree and gives advice on methods of extracting loans from the local cooperative bank. In ‘The Painter of Signs’, we encounter the unlikely love story of Raman, the local signboard painter, and Daisy, a birth-control propagandist who is on a visit to Malgudi. Finally, in ‘A Tiger for Malgudi, a venerable tiger looks back over his life, from his early days roaming wild in the jungle to his unhappy years in captivity.
Available for the first time in a collectors’ edition, with an illuminating introduction by S. Krishnan, the novels in this volume will be a delights for Narayan’s fans as well as for first-time readers.
S KRISHNAN taught English literature at Madras Christian College and at Annamalai University. He spent many years with the United States Information Agency in their educational and cultural programmes. He is now a weekly columnist for the Hindu, consulting editor with the Indian Review of Books and senior editor of 'Shruti', a music and dance magazine. Krishnan has edited several volumes of R K Narayan's writings.
The Financial Expert
The Painter of Signs
A Tiger for Malgudi