A legacy of the British Raj in India is the literature produced by it. This comprehensive and wide-ranging anthology includes not only the work of masters such as Kipling and Orwell but also of several lesser known - but equally compelling - writers whose stories provide a vivid portrait of colonial India. The evocation of the interaction between British rulers and their Indian subjects through a mix of ironic, entertaining and even eerie tales is especially interesting. They also reveal the British themselves and their varied perceptions of the Raj as it moved from confidence to despair. Undoubtedly of interest to students of literature and historians, this collection is also for general readers curious about India's colonial past.
About the Author:
Saros Cowasjee is Professor Emeritus at the University of Regina, Canada
Excerpts from Reviews
'This robustly bound anthology, edited with care by Saros Cowasjee, brings together in one volume some of the best shorts stories of the Raj.'
-The Indian Express
'Taken together, these stories provide an effective and honest self-portrait of the British in India; the effects of power on the rulers themselves
the racism, the weariness and waste, the desire to understand and belong, the endless task of civilization.'
[this collection] showcases the way in which the Empire constructed itself, filtered through the daily life of appearances.'
'All in all, a good addition to one's library.'
-The Book Review
Flora Annie Steel
Sara Jeannette Duncan
A Mother in India
The Honour of Daud Khan
The Testimony of Bhagwan Singh
In the Twilight
Pearls and Swine
A Tale Told by Moonlight
Shooting an Elephant
A Game of Halma
The Devil Has the Moon
The Mud Horse
The Fearless Will Always Have It
Whiteness Is All
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