The Gift of a Cow: A Translation Of The Classic Hindi Novel Godaan

Paperback | September 20, 2002

byVasudha Premchand, PremchandTranslated byGordon C Roadarmel

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Premchand is the most famous Hindi novelist, and Godaan is Premchand's most celebrated novel. Economic and social conflict in a north Indian village are brilliantly captured in the story of Hori, a poor farmer, and his family's struggle for survival and self-respect. Hori does everything he can to fulfill his life's desire: to own a cow, the peasant's measure of wealth and well-being. An engaging introduction to India before Independence, Godaan is at once village ethnography, moving human document, and insightful colonial history. Out of print for many years, this translation is regarded as a classic in itself.

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Premchand is the most famous Hindi novelist, and Godaan is Premchand's most celebrated novel. Economic and social conflict in a north Indian village are brilliantly captured in the story of Hori, a poor farmer, and his family's struggle for survival and self-respect. Hori does everything he can to fulfill his life's desire: to own a co...

Premchand (Dhanpat Rai) was born in Banaras in 1880 and died in 1936, a few months after the publication of Godaan. He began writing while teaching at a government school, and adopted this pen name after his first book of short stories was labeled inflammatory and burned by the British colonial government. His other works include Seves...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.19 inPublished:September 20, 2002Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253215676

ISBN - 13:9780253215673

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Preliminary Table of Contents:

Introduction to the Second Edition by Vasudha Dalmia

Introduction to the First Edition by Gordon C. Roadarmel

Godaan: The Gift of a Cow

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