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Samskara

(2012)
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Samskara is one of the acknowledged masterpieces of modern world literature, a book to set beside Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart and Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration tothe North. Taking its name from a Sanskrit word that means "rite of passage" but also "moment of recognition," it begins when Naranappa, an inhabitant of a small south Indian town and a renegade Brahmin who has scandalously flouted the rules of caste and purity for years, eating meat, drinking alcohol, marrying beneath him, mocking God, unexpectedly falls ill and dies. The question of whether he should be buried as a Brahmin divides the other Brahmins in the village. For an answer they turn to Praneshacharyah, the most devout and respected member of their community, an ascetic who also tends religiously to his invalid wife.

Praneshacharyah finds himself unable to provide the answer, though an answer is urgently needed since as he wonders and the villagers wait and the body festers, more and more people are falling sick and dying. But when Praneshacharyah goes to the temple to seek a sign from God, he discovers something else entirely - unless that something else is also God.

Samskara is a tale of existential suspense, a life-and-death encounter between the sacred and the profane, the pure and the impure, the ascetic and the erotic.

 
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Paperback Editions

January 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man
Author(s): U R Ananthamurthy
ISBN: 1-59017-912-9 / 978-1-59017-912-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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May 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man (Oxford India Perennials Series)
Author(s): U R Ananthamurthy
ISBN: 0-19-807714-9 / 978-0-19-807714-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP India
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Samskara: A Rite for a Dead Man
Author(s): U R Ananthamurthy
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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