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Book Title: Rangbhumi: The Arena of Life|
The author of the book: Munshi Premchand
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.91 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: October 17th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780195667127
Read full description of the books Rangbhumi: The Arena of Life:When I started this book, it looked lil boring but really different than Premchand's other books. He raised some serious question about God. And then their were many parallel stories. Initially I thought this may be one of the bad book or not so good book by Premchand but then book completely wronged me, It engaged me after some time and some of the things were quite edge of the seat. Human nature and its complexities and bountifulness has always been Premchand's strength and no body can write better than him on this topic. But IMO he took a lil different path here, he experimented and just don't limit himself to just his strengths. Its again a masterpiece by him, though its not perfect as Godan. One of the negatives I found is he sometime overdo the people's emotions and sometime describe them as near to god, but these characters are not very strong and they are plain human like us. They take decisions like us influenced by emotion and anger and mood. Apart from this, its a terrific book, just needs a lil patience initially as initial parts are lil philosophical. Also you don't feel much emotion for anyone, may be lil for soordas, that's it. Its not Godan but its excellent. And it contains more serious stuff about world than any of his other book I have read. Its a complex book and lil philosophical too and overall a terrific book. A movie on this will be too good.
Read information about the authorMunshi Premchand (Hindi: मुंशी प्रेमचंद) was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent,and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindustani writers of the early twentieth century.
Born Dhanpat Rai, he began writing under the pen name "Nawab Rai", but subsequently switched to "Premchand", while he is also known as "Munshi Premchand", Munshi being an honorary prefix. A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, he has been referred to as the "Upanyas Samrat" ("Emperor among Novelists") by some Hindi writers. His works include more than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.
Premchand is considered the first Hindi author whose writings prominently featured realism. His novels describe the problems of the poor and the urban middle-class. His works depict a rationalistic outlook, which views religious values as something that allows the powerful hypocrites to exploit the weak. He used literature for the purpose of arousing public awareness about national and social issues and often wrote about topics related to corruption, child widowhood, prostitution, feudal system, poverty, colonialism and on the India's freedom movement.
Several of his early works, such as A Little Trick and A Moral Victory, satirised the Indians who cooperated with the British colonial government.
In the 1920s, he was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's non-cooperation movement and the accompanying struggle for social reform. During this period, his works dealt with the social issues such as poverty, zamindari exploitation (Premashram, 1922), dowry system (Nirmala, 1925), educational reform and political oppression (Karmabhumi, 1931).
In his last days, he focused on village life as a stage for complex drama, as seen in his most famous work Godan as well as the short-story collection Kafan (1936).Premchand believed that social realism was the way for Hindi literature, as opposed to the "feminine quality", tenderness and emotion of the contemporary Bengali literature.
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