Himalayan Voices: An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature

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University of California Press, Jul 29, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 280 pages
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While the natural splendor of Nepal has been celebrated in many books, very little of the substantial body of Nepali literature has appeared in English translation. Himalayan Voices provides admirers of Nepal and lovers of literature with their first glimpse of the vibrant literary scene in Nepal today.

An introduction to the two most developed genres of modern Nepali literature—poetry and the short story—this work profiles eleven of Nepal's most distinguished poets and offers translations of more than eighty poems written from 1916 to 1986. Twenty of the most interesting and best-known examples of the Nepali short story are translated into English for the first time by Michael Hutt. All provide vivid descriptions of life in twentieth-century Nepal.

Although the days when Nepali poets were regularly jailed for their writings have passed, until 1990 the strictures of various laws governing public security and partisan political activity still required writers and publishers to exercise a certain caution. In spite of these conditions, poetry in Nepal remained the most vital and innovative genre, in which sentiments and opinions on contemporary social and political issues were frequently expressed.

While the Nepali short story adapted its present form only during the early 1930s, it has rapidly developed a surprisingly high degree of sophistication. These stories offer insights into the workings of Nepali society: into caste, agrarian relations, social change, the status of women, and so on. Such insights are more immediate than those offered by scholarly works and are conveyed by implication and assumption rather than analysis and exposition.

This book should appeal not only to admirers of Nepal, but to all readers with an interest in non-Western literatures. Himalayan Voices establishes for the first time the existence of a sophisticated literary tradition in Nepal and the eastern Himalaya.
 

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Contents

Nepali Poetry
13
Lekhnāth Paudyāl 18851966
22
A Parrot in a Cage
26
Himalaya
28
Remembering Saraswati
29
An Ode to Death
30
Bālkrishna Sama 19031981
31
Man Is God Himself
34
A Blind Man on a Revolving Chair
125
This Is a Land of Uproar and Rumor
127
New Year
128
A Poem
129
Your Greeting
130
Cold Ashtray
131
Bānīrā Giri b 1946
132
Time You Are Always the Winner
133

I Hate
35
from Sight of the Incarnation
36
Lakshmlprasād Devkotā 19091959
40
Sleeping Porter
44
from Munā and Madan
45
Prayer on a Clear Morning in the Month of Māgh
51
Mad
53
Like Nothing into Nothing
56
Siddhicharan Shreshtha b 1912
57
A Suffering World
59
No Smoke From the Chimneys
61
Father Has Not Come Home
62
My Son
63
To the Poet Devkotā
64
Kedār Mān Vyathit b 1914
66
Fragment from the Year 09
68
Ants
69
The Storm
70
The End
71
Gopālprasād Rimāl 19181973
73
Consolation
76
A Mothers Pain
78
A Change
79
Who Are You?
80
To
81
Mohan Koiralā b 1926
82
Remembering as I Go
86
An Introduction to the Land
87
I Love Your Daughter
89
The Martyrs
90
A Flower Amid the Mountain Rocks
93
The Snow Peaks BloodREd
96
Its A Mineral The Mind
97
You Who Remember
98
Bairāgī Kāinlā b 1939
99
The Corpse of a Dream
102
A Drunk Mans Speech to the Street After Midnight
103
People Shopping at a Weekly Market
106
Pārijāt b 1937
111
Sweep Away
113
To Gopālprasād Rimāls To
114
A Sick Lovers Letter to Her Soldier
115
In the Arms of Death
116
Bhūpi Sherchan 19361989
119
Always Always in My Dreams
122
Midday and the Cold Sleep
123
I Think MY Countrys History Is a Lie
124
I Am a Torn Poster
135
Kathmandu
137
Woman
139
New Trends in Nepali Poetry
141
Bhairava Aryal 19361976
143
Haribhakta Katuvāl 19351980
144
This Life What Life Is This?
145
The Shadows of Superflous Songs
146
Where Is the Voice?
147
Hem Hamal B 1941
148
Village and Town
149
Krishnabhushan Bal B 1947
150
Historical Matters
151
Bimal Nibhā B 1952
152
Ashksh Malla B 1954
153
None Returned from the Capital
154
Mīnbahādur Bishta B 1954
155
Thus a Nation Pretends to Live
157
A Spell
158
Bishwabimohan Shreshtha B 1956
159
II
171
The Short Story in Nepali
173
Guruprasād Mainālī 19001971
189
Bishweshwar Prasād Koirālā 19151982
197
To the Lowlands
201
Bhavānī Bhikshu 19141981
206
Will He Ever Return?
207
Māujang Bābusāhebs Coat
214
Shivkumār Rāī b 1916
224
Daulat Bikram Bishtha b 1926
231
Bijay Malla b 1925
236
The Prisoner and the Dove
240
Ramesh Bikal b 1932
244
Shankar Lāmichhāné 19281975
253
Indra Bahādur Rāī b 1928
260
Poshan Pāndé b 1932
266
Tārinī Prasād Koirālā 19221974
271
Premā Shāh
278
Parashu Pradhān b 1943
284
Dhruba Chandra Gautam b 1944
290
Manu Brājākī b 1942
298
Kishor Pahādī b 1956
304
GLOSSARY
311
BIBLIOGRAPHY
317
INDEX
325
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Michael James Hutt is a Lecturer in Nepali Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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