The Gift of a Cow: A Translation of the Classic Hindi Novel, Godaan

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Indiana University Press, 2002 - Fiction - 442 pages
Premchand is the most famous name in modern Hindi fiction, and Godaan is Premchand's most celebrated novel. It is the story of Hori, a poor peasant who yearns to own a cow and to make the pious Hindu's traditional gift to a Brahmin when he dies. Through Premchand's vivid character portrayals we witness the efforts of Hori's family to survive the conflicts of village politics and the webs spun by colonial landownership patterns. Counterposed to the culture of rural connectedness but also constriction is the isolation but also freedom of the city. Here the rigors of industrialization and empty materialism only can be offset by the promise of Gandhian idealism. An engaging introduction to north India before Independence, Godaan is at once village ethnography, moving human document, and insightful colonial history.
 

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i read about ths book in 9th standard . IT IS A FAMOUS book of Mr premchand.

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agar peyar kare to kya hona chaye

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Contents

Section 1
v
Section 2
xviii
Section 3
xxviii
Section 4
15
Section 5
23
Section 6
28
Section 7
40
Section 8
63
Section 22
246
Section 23
251
Section 24
266
Section 25
281
Section 26
297
Section 27
311
Section 28
322
Section 29
330

Section 9
71
Section 10
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Section 11
125
Section 12
134
Section 13
144
Section 14
153
Section 15
163
Section 16
173
Section 17
185
Section 18
194
Section 19
209
Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 30
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Section 31
351
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
414
Section 38
420
Section 39
430
Section 40
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Premchand (Dhanpat Rai) was born in Banaras in 1880 and died in 1936, a few months after the publication of Godaan. He began writing while teaching at a government school, and adopted this pen name after his first book of short stories was labeled inflammatory and burned by the British colonial government. His other works include Sevesadan, Nirmala, and many other novels and short stories.

Gordon C. Roadarmel (1932-1972) was Assistant Professor of Hindi in the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Vasudha Dalmia is Professor of Hindi and Chair of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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