Avasthe

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One of the greatest Indian writers of the last century
- PANKAJ MISHRA

A masterpiece that will continue to speak to generations
- K. SATCHIDANANDAN

First published in Kannada in 1978, Avasthe is U.R. Ananthamurthy's tour de force.

In a nation struggling with corruption and the corrosion of human values, the prime minister is all set to become a ruthless dictator. From his sickbed, Krishnappa Gowda, revolutionary leader of the peasants, grapples with his conscience, the schemes of partymen and flattery from hangers-on. Memories come and go as his mind, tethered to a failing body, reaches for the true meaning of life.

In Ananthamurthy's hands, life's cruel negations - caste, poverty, pettiness - are delicately balanced with its triumphs - the splendour of nature, the majesty of poetry, the delight of friendship, the deliverance of love.

The quintessential Indian novel, Avasthe is a masterpiece whose meanings will continue to resonate and reveal themselves long after it has been read.

U.R. Ananthamurthy

U.R. Ananthamurthy was one of India's major literary figures and public intellectuals. His extensive publications include novels, short stories, poetry, translations and essays. He was awarded the Jnanpith in 1994, and the Padma Bhushan in 1998. Chandan Gowda teaches at Azim Premji University. He is also a translator, and a columnist with Bangalore Mirror and Deccan Herald.