About the Book :
One of the founding fathers of the Indian novel in English, Mulk Raj Anand is best known for the impassioned social critique contained in his writings. This omnibus edition brings together Anands finest novels which capture the ambivalence of a nation caught between tradition and modernity: Untouchable (1935), Coolie (1936) and Private Life of an Indian Prince (1953). In these acute and moving portraits, vitality of narrative accompanies brilliance in characterization.
About the Author :
Mulk Raj Anand (19052004) was born in Peshawar and educated at the universities of Panjab and London. After earning his PhD in 1929, Anand began writing notes for T.S. Eliots magazine Criterion and reviewing books, among other things, to make a living. Success came in the mid- 1930s with the publication of his first two novels, Untouchable and Coolie, and by the time he returned to India in 1946 he was the best-known Indian writer abroad.
Making Bombay his home and centre of activity, Anand threw himself headlong into the cultural and social life of India. He founded and edited the fine-art magazine Marg, wrote his masterpiece Private Life on an Indian Prince (1953) and some of his best short stories. He has been the recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award, several honorary doctorates and other distinctions. Anands complete papers are now housed in the National Archives (New Delhi) in a room specially named after him.
Saros Cowasjee is Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina in Canada. His published works include two novels, Goodbye to the East (1974) and The Assistant Professor (1988), and a collection titled Strange Meetings and Other Stories (2006). He has also done critical studies on Sean OCasey and Mulk Raj Anand, and edited several fiction anthologies, including The Oxford Anthology of Raj Stories (1988).