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An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth

An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth

M. K. Gandhi
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The original title of this work, when it was first compiled in Gujarati, gave primacy to Gandhi’s ‘experiments with truth’ over ‘autobiography’. In An Autobiography, which went on to become one of the most widely read and translated Indian books of all time, Gandhi emerged as an exemplary protagonist not by hiding his faults, but by laying bare his fumbling, evolving self for all to see. The candid account allowed the world to glimpse his transformation from a well-meaning lawyer into a Satyagrahi and an ashramite.

In this first-ever Critical Edition of the classic text, eminent scholar Tridip Suhrud attempts to bring the reader closer to Gandhi. With alternative translations, he captures the flavour, cadence and quirkiness of the Gujarati as well as Gandhi’s transparent writing style. Through the deeply researched notes, he elucidates the contexts and characters in the book, providing a comprehensive historical background. And in the insightful introduction Suhrud shines new light on Gandhi’s thought and life, tracing his evolution into a seeker of Truth as God.

This special edition of the Autobiography, published on the occasion of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, is an absorbing, illuminating text about the life-affirming journey of an extraordinary Indian and a universal icon for non-violent struggle.

Imprint: India Hamish Hamilton

Published: Oct/2019

ISBN: 9780143427438

Length : 808 Pages

An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truth

M. K. Gandhi
Overview

The original title of this work, when it was first compiled in Gujarati, gave primacy to Gandhi’s ‘experiments with truth’ over ‘autobiography’. In An Autobiography, which went on to become one of the most widely read and translated Indian books of all time, Gandhi emerged as an exemplary protagonist not by hiding his faults, but by laying bare his fumbling, evolving self for all to see. The candid account allowed the world to glimpse his transformation from a well-meaning lawyer into a Satyagrahi and an ashramite.

In this first-ever Critical Edition of the classic text, eminent scholar Tridip Suhrud attempts to bring the reader closer to Gandhi. With alternative translations, he captures the flavour, cadence and quirkiness of the Gujarati as well as Gandhi’s transparent writing style. Through the deeply researched notes, he elucidates the contexts and characters in the book, providing a comprehensive historical background. And in the insightful introduction Suhrud shines new light on Gandhi’s thought and life, tracing his evolution into a seeker of Truth as God.

This special edition of the Autobiography, published on the occasion of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, is an absorbing, illuminating text about the life-affirming journey of an extraordinary Indian and a universal icon for non-violent struggle.

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M. K. Gandhi

Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in 1869 in Porbandar, India. He studied law in London and was admitted to the Inner Temple in 1891. He worked to improve the rights of immigrant Indians in South Africa, returning to India in 1915 to take up the struggle for independence from Britain. Gandhi never wavered in his belief in non-violent protest and in 1947 he succeeded in uniting India in a national movement. In January 1948 Gandhi was assassinated as he walked to take evening prayers.

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