Untouchable

Paperback | June 24, 2014

byMulk Raj AnandIntroduction byRamachandra GuhaAfterword byE. M. Forster

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The powerful story of an Untouchable in India’s caste system, now with a new introduction

With precision, vitality, and a fury that earned him praise as India’s Charles Dickens, Mulk Raj Anand recreates in Untouchable what it was like to live on the fringes of society in pre-independence India. Bakha, an attractive, proud, and strong young man, is also an Untouchable, the lowest of the low in India’s caste system. A sweeper and a toilet-cleaner, he must warn others on the street of his status so that he will not pollute them with his presence. In this urgent 1935 re-creation of one day in the life of an outcast, a violent encounter leads Bakha to question his fate—and to find an answer in the unlikeliest of places.

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The powerful story of an Untouchable in India’s caste system, now with a new introductionWith precision, vitality, and a fury that earned him praise as India’s Charles Dickens, Mulk Raj Anand recreates in Untouchable what it was like to live on the fringes of society in pre-independence India. Bakha, an attractive, proud, and strong yo...

Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004) was among the most highly regarded Indian novelists who wrote in English. Born in Peshawar, he lived in England for many years before settling in a village in Western India after World War II. Ramachandra Guha is the author of a forthcoming two-volume biography of Gandhi and is a professor at the London Schoo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:June 24, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141393602

ISBN - 13:9780141393605

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