Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man, Second Edition

Paperback | June 15, 2012

byU.R. Ananthamurthy

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Examining the caste system, culture, religious rules, and traditions, as well as the ambivalent relationship between handed-down cultural values and the new values of a changing world, Samskara looks at deeper moral and philosophical issues like how to lead a righteous life, the validity ofcustoms, and the concept of brahminism in a contemporary world. A classic of modern Indian literature, it is both a religious novel and a contemporary reworking of ancient Hindu themes and myths. Probing multiple meanings of the word 'Samskara', which means rite of passage, ritual, preparation, transformation, as well as death rites, this novel is an engrossing tale of the personal transformation of a man living in a community that refuses to change with the times. This Oxford IndiaPerennials edition includes detailed notes that explain Hindu myths, customs, Indian names, flora, and other terms, an afterword that explores the various dimensions of the novel's substance and meaning, and an essay by Susheela Punitha based on an interview with the author.

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Examining the caste system, culture, religious rules, and traditions, as well as the ambivalent relationship between handed-down cultural values and the new values of a changing world, Samskara looks at deeper moral and philosophical issues like how to lead a righteous life, the validity ofcustoms, and the concept of brahminism in a co...

U.R. Ananthamurthy is one of India's best-known writers. He is the author of more than two dozen books in Kannada, including five novels, many of which have been translated into English and other Indian as well as European languages. Recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Jnanpith awards, he has served as vice-chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077149

ISBN - 13:9780198077145

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Translator's NoteSamskaraA.K. Ramanujan: AfterwordSusheela Punitha: 'In Conversation with the Author'Notes