R. K. Narayan: The Guide

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  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (Gokhale Memorial Girls' College, affiliated to University of Calcutta)

A novel by a writer short-listed, more than once, for the Nobel Prize in Literature is expected to receive attention both within its own geographical boundaries and beyond. Rasipuram Krishnaswami Ayyar Narayanaswami or R.K.Narayan's The Guide, published in 1958, does fulfill such expectations. This Indo-Anglian work of fiction has not only been critically acclaimed in India and abroad but has also reached readers of different nationalities through its many translations. Further, this novel, perhaps the author's best-known, has won him a prestigious award from the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, and has also been re-presented as an award-winning film of the same name in Hindi, the Indian national …

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Citation:
Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "The Guide". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 November 2008
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