Freed from Disgrace: Kalankmukti by Phanishwar Nath RenuFreed from Disgrace: Kalankmukti by Phanishwar Nath Renu

Freed from Disgrace: Kalankmukti

byPhanishwar Nath RenuTranslated bySatti Khanna

Paperback | January 6, 2009

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Set in Patna, the capital of Bihar, this novel by Phanishwar Nath Renu speaks of harsh contrary energies in the lives of women. In this city idealistic women who wish to secure opportunities for other women are pitted against not-so-idealistic women who wish to secure gross privileges forthemselves. Bela, a former freedom fighter, administers a hostel for working women in the district of Bankipur. Betrayals and disappointment in love have deepened her selflessness, and she refuses to yield to a corrupt secretary of the board of trustees who wants to use the young boarders for herpersonal advancement in influencing government officials. In the countryside of Renu's novels, the dynamism of young pioneers wins out. Men figure in the narrative only as subsidiary characters, while unusually spirited women appear, with strong transformative powers.Freed from Disgrace also speaks about the effect of modernity on rural life. Formal education, scientific agriculture, and democratic politics are perceived as major agents for change. With few equals in Hindi literature in terms of characterization, dialect, folk song, and high diction, this novelwill appeal to general readers as well as students and scholars of literature, Indian writing in translation, gender studies, and cultural studies.
Phanishwar Nath Renu was a well-known novelist from the Bihar hinterland who introduced regional voices into mainstream Hindi literature. A renowned social activist in both India and Nepal, he authored two novels, four novellas, 62 short stories, and an extensive reportage. Satti Khanna is Associate Professor of Hindi in the Departmen...
Title:Freed from Disgrace: KalankmuktiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:January 6, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198062184

ISBN - 13:9780198062189


Table of Contents

Dakshineshwar Prasad Roy: Remembering FatherIntroductionFreed from DisgraceGlossary