Anitya: Halfway to Nowhere

Hardcover | February 1, 2010

byMridula Garg, Krishna Dutt PaliwalTranslated bySeema Segal

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Perhaps the only novel in Hindi by a woman author depicting India's struggle for independence, Anitya portrays the human predicament of individuals of two generations during and immediately after the Independence Movement. The novel records the pain of ordinary Indians who failed to keep theirtryst with destiny as they travelled from the crossroads to an unforeseen end. Moving away from the accounts of victimhood, the work deals with how high moral standards turn quite easily to betrayal when self-interest is placed against a matter of principle. The failure of the revolution or thedeath of ideologies, however, does not invalidate the assessment of the struggle, because the quest for Independence is as much a concern of the present as of the past.The central character, Anitya, is important as one who has successfully got rid of all illusions about the happenings around him and is hence capable of facing the unvarnished truth. One significant aspect of the novel is its delineation of strong, independent, cerebral women. The novel crafts anumber of complex child characters

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Perhaps the only novel in Hindi by a woman author depicting India's struggle for independence, Anitya portrays the human predicament of individuals of two generations during and immediately after the Independence Movement. The novel records the pain of ordinary Indians who failed to keep theirtryst with destiny as they travelled from t...

Mridula Garg, formerly lecturer in Delhi University, is one of the most widely read and discussed contemporary Hindi writers. She is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including the Vyas Sanman for her novel Kathgulab in 2004; the Sahityakar Sanman, Hindi Academy, Delhi; and M.P. Sahitya Parishad's Awards for Uske Hisse ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198065256

ISBN - 13:9780198065258

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