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Tamas (English) (Hardcover)

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ISBN: 9780670088058    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Year of publishing: 2016     No of Pages: 360        
In a city in undivided Punjab Nathu a tanner is bribed to kill a pig. When the animal's carcass is discovered on the steps of the local mosque the next morning simmering tensions explode into an orgy...Read more
In a city in undivided Punjab Nathu a tanner is bribed to kill a pig. When the animal's carcass is discovered on the steps of the local mosque the next morning simmering tensions explode into an orgy of bloodlust. As the carnage ensues ordinary lives are dramatically upturned: The women of a Sikh village resolve to make the ultimate sacrifice when faced with imminent death at the hands of an advancing mob an elderly couple undertakes a perilous journey when the one place they call home is no longer safe for them and wracked with guilt Nathu must come to terms with his unwitting role in instigating the violence. Yet despite the darkness of the times rare moments of unexpected friendship and love also surface. A timeless classic about the Partition of India Tamas is also a chilling reminder of the consequences of religious intolerance and communal prejudice. Daisy Rockwell's fresh and definitive translation expertly renders the power and passion of this iconic and award-winning novel for a new generation of readers.
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About the author: Bhisham Sahni
Bhisham Sahni (1915-2003) was an iconic writer who transformed the landscape of Hindi literature. His oeuvre encompassed novels plays short stories and essays.... Read more
Bhisham Sahni (1915-2003) was an iconic writer who transformed the landscape of Hindi literature. His oeuvre encompassed novels plays short stories and essays. Tamas his best known novel won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975 and was subsequently adapted into a National Award-winning film by Govind Nihalani. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1998 and the Shlaka Award the Delhi government's highest literary prize in 1999.
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