The Man-Eater of Malgudi by R. K. Narayan

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...Narayan's India -- almost untouched by the western world- is fascinating and filled with contradictions: ignorance and wisdom; poverty and lavish ritual; and above all the humor of absurdity. It has earned him a special, dedicated audience.
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This is the story of Nataraj, who earns his living as a printer in the little world of Malgudi, an imaginary town in South India. Nataraj and his close friends, a poet and a journalist, find their congenia l days disturbed when Vasu, a powerful taxidermist, moves in with his stuffed hyenas and pythons, and brings his dancing-women up the printer's private stairs. When Vasu, in search of larger game, threatens the life of a temple elephant that Natara j has befriended, complications ensue that are both laughable and tragic.
 

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R. K. Narayan is one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. Born in 1906, Narayan was the recipient of the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India's highest literary honor. His numerous works "Mr. Sampath-The Printer of Malgudi," "Swami and Friends,"" Waiting for Mahatm"a, and G"ods, Demons and Others," all published by the University of Chicago Press.
 
Published May 1, 1993 by Penguin Classics. 173 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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...Narayan's India -- almost untouched by the western world- is fascinating and filled with contradictions: ignorance and wisdom; poverty and lavish ritual; and above all the humor of absurdity. It has earned him a special, dedicated audience.

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