Raja Rao's novel


(1938) is the first major Indian novel in English. It is text of the Civil Disobedience movement of the 1930s that takes for its central concern the participation of a small village of South India in the national struggle called for by Mahatma Gandhi. Imbued with nationalism, the villagers sacrifice all their material possessions in a triumph of the spirit, showing how in the Gandhian movement people shed their narrow prejudices and united in the common cause of the non-violent civil resistance to the British Raj. Paradoxically, given its concerns,


was first published in London in 1938 and was written when Rao was in France: “I wrote


in a thirteenth century castle in the French Alps belonging to the Dauphins of France and I slept and…

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Citation: Aikant, Satish. "Kanthapura". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=9435, accessed 03 March 2024.]

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