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Tamas

Tamas

Bhisham Sahni
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Tamas, in either Rockwell’s translation or the original Hindi, remains an essential text for the times’

Nilanjana Roy, Business Standard

‘Tamas is a prophetic warning against the use of religion as a weapon to gain and perpetuate political power’ GOVIND NIHALANI

In a city in undivided Punjab, Nathu, a tanner, is bribed to kill a pig. When the animal’s carcass is discovered on the steps of the local mosque the next morning, simmering tensions explode into an orgy of bloodlust. But in the midst of the ensuing carnage, despite the darkness of the times, rare moments of unexpected friendship and love also surface.

Winner of the Sahitya Aakdemi Award, Sahni’s iconic novel about the Partition of India tells the tale of an unfolding riot from different vantage points. In Daisy Rockwell’s definitive translation, this magnificent work comes vividly to life.

Tamas drove the point home that ordinary people want to live in peace’ Guardian

Imprint: India Penguin Modern Classics

Published: Sep/2018

ISBN: 9780143441243

Length : 360 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

Tamas

Bhisham Sahni

Tamas, in either Rockwell’s translation or the original Hindi, remains an essential text for the times’

Nilanjana Roy, Business Standard

‘Tamas is a prophetic warning against the use of religion as a weapon to gain and perpetuate political power’ GOVIND NIHALANI

In a city in undivided Punjab, Nathu, a tanner, is bribed to kill a pig. When the animal’s carcass is discovered on the steps of the local mosque the next morning, simmering tensions explode into an orgy of bloodlust. But in the midst of the ensuing carnage, despite the darkness of the times, rare moments of unexpected friendship and love also surface.

Winner of the Sahitya Aakdemi Award, Sahni’s iconic novel about the Partition of India tells the tale of an unfolding riot from different vantage points. In Daisy Rockwell’s definitive translation, this magnificent work comes vividly to life.

Tamas drove the point home that ordinary people want to live in peace’ Guardian

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Bhisham Sahni

Bhisham Sahni (1915-2003) was an iconic writer who transformed the landscape of Hindi literature. His oeuvre encompassed novels, plays, short stories and essays. Tamas, his best known novel, won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975 and was subsequently adapted into a National Award-winning film by Govind Nihalani. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1998, and the Shlaka Award, the Delhi government's highest literary prize, in 1999.

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