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Sevasadan

Author: Premacanda
Publisher: New Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"One of Premchand's most successful Hindi novels, Sevasadan is a bold statement on the political and religious debates about marriage, sexuality, and prostitution, at a time when Indian women were being held up as standard-bearers of a nation in chains." "Premchand depicts the hypocrisy of the so-called 'pillars of society', who can sacrifice their orthodox principles behind closed doors, yet do not shirk from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Premacanda, 1881-1936.
Sevasadan.
New Delhi ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005
(OCoLC)607831335
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Premacanda
ISBN: 0195668995 9780195668995
OCLC Number: 58828651
Language Note: Translated from the Hindi.
Notes: Translated from the Hindi.
Description: xxxvi, 275 p. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Munshi Premchand ; translated by Snehal Shingavi ; with an introduction by Vasudha Dalmia.
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"One of Premchand's most successful Hindi novels, Sevasadan is a bold statement on the political and religious debates about marriage, sexuality, and prostitution, at a time when Indian women were being held up as standard-bearers of a nation in chains." "Premchand depicts the hypocrisy of the so-called 'pillars of society', who can sacrifice their orthodox principles behind closed doors, yet do not shirk from mouthing moral platitudes in public. He portrays the reality of the interest groups which cut across the newly emerging Hindu-Muslim divide, but also conceives of an ideal community that gives new direction to the life of a fallen woman and allows her to lead a meaningful existence. The stream of idealism that runs through Premchand's works has often been criticized by scholars, but it is the counterpart of a relentless psychological and social realism, which has remained unmatched to this day." "A hugely popular novel, Sevasadan went through several editions after its first publication in 1918. It was made into a film in 1938 with M. S. Subbulakshmi in the lead role. It is not only a gripping novel but also a sensitive and perceptive document on the lives of young urban men and women at the beginning of the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

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