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Book Summary of Nirmala

Premchand's novel Nirmala, first published in 1928, is one of the most poignant novels in Hindi on the theme of the young adolescent yoked to an elderly husband. Nirmala's tragedy is a social one, dictated by the ills of the dowry system. Clearly reformist in its agenda, the novel succeeds in exploring sensitive and even dangerous terrain. Alok Rai's translation, complete with notes, makes this text available to readers not conversant in Hindi. The volume also includes an Afterword which takes note of the special context of the novel, placing melodrama in perspective and analysing its powerful working, as well as making possible a contemporary reading of the work.

About thr Author
Munshi Premchand (1880–1936) A pioneering figure in modern Hindi literature. He was one of the initiators of realism in Indian fiction and introduced the genre of the short story in Hindi. With social themes and character studies, he set the standard for writers who followed.

Alok Rai (Translator) Premchand's grandson and also Professor of English at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. He has edited Dickens' Great Expectations (OUP College and University Level Text).

Details of Book: Nirmala (BSID:113546)

Book Nirmala
Author Munshi Premchand, Alok Rai
ISBN 0195658264
ISBN-13 9780195658262, 978-0195658262
Binding Paperback
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publishing Date 2001
Number of Pages 218
Language English

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Anshul January 20, 2012 review from Goodreads

Nirmala, It was my first encounter with a Hindi Novel and what a pleasure it was. The story, broadly based on the life of an Indian village girl viz., Nirmala, who is forcibly married to an elderly man almost her father's age, due to the untimely death of her father. Besides, an inability to pay...

Santosh May 30, 2012 review from Goodreads

Indeed the first psychological novel in Hindi literature. It opened a new era in Hindi literature. A must read for any Hindi literature student.

Sheetal December 30, 2012 review from Goodreads

a story that i had ever read with so much intrest........

Saurav January 11, 2013 review from Goodreads

Huh, we had it in our syllabus

Manish September 14, 2011 review from Goodreads

The best book, I ever read!! A masterpiece by Premchand.According to me "Perfection leads to perfect disaster" is the undercurrent in the story.


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