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by A. K. Ramanujan,U.R. Anantha Murthy

  • ISBN: 0195623886
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: A. K. Ramanujan,U.R. Anantha Murthy
  • Language: English Kannada
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 1998)
  • Pages: 158
  • ePub book: 1878 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1705 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 223


Anantha Murthty’s ‘Samskara’ was first published in 1965 and it was made into a film in 1970. The blurb tells me that Samskara, a Rite for a Dead Man is a classic of modern Indian literature but I bought it when the author .

Anantha Murthty’s ‘Samskara’ was first published in 1965 and it was made into a film in 1970. Since then, it had created a lot of controversy in academic and non-academic circles. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014) was a finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

Names: Anantha Murthy, U. 1932–2014 author Title: Samskara : a rite for a dead man, by U. R. Ananthamurthy ; translated and with an introduction by A. K. Ramanujan.

A Rite for a Dead Man. U. ananthamurthy. Translated from the Kannada by. A. 435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. Names: Anantha Murthy, U. 1932–2014 author. Ramanujan, A. 1929–1993 translator. Title: Samskara : a rite for a dead man, by U. Other titles: Saṃskāra.

R. Anantha Murthy is a well-known Indian novelist. He is the author of many books, including The Striders and several other volumes of verse in English and Kannada.

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A crash course into the world of Indian Literature By Roshini Ross Major Concerns Samskara is a fine discussion on the caste and class structure of India Through the novel.

A crash course into the world of Indian Literature By Roshini Ross. Samskara a rite for a dead man u. ananthamurthy translated by a. Major Concerns Samskara is a fine discussion on the caste and class structure of India Through the novel Ananthamurthy explores the lack of human concern in the Brahmin community. The characters in the end favour freedom from the shackles of rituals and superstitions. In the beginning Naranappa is the rebel, and Praneshacharya is the righteous Brahmin.

Samskara is an effective tale of a community choked by unsustainable tradition. Ananthamurthy, in . Ramanujan's translation from the Kannada, tries to teach Indian society a lesson in this story about the trouble with prioritizing tradition over compassion. Ananthamurthy offers fine portraits of a variety of characters as they struggle between natural urges and societal expectations, and has crafted an impressive story here. Melissa Beck, Asymptote Journal Ananthamurthy’s ability to turn the world on the most unexpected pivot gives an enduring human dimension.

The worms will be discussing Samskara: A Rite for Dead Man by . 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 to the North. 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.

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Items related to Samskara: A Rite of a Dead Man. . Anantha Murthy Samskara: A Rite of a Dead Man. ISBN 13: 9780195623888. NYRB Classics' reissue of this book comes at an opportune moment, as societies around the world face the dangers of religious extremism and its focus on ritual and regulation rather than humanity.

Samskara is a book about a village of Brahmins in India. One man, Praneshacharya, is considered to be the 'holiest' of men. Chaos enters everyone's lives when a very unpopular and 'unholy' Brahmin unexpectedly dies. There is a definite comic element throughout the novel but the consequences of the petty arguing and greed of this colony of Brahmin are quite severe. Throughout it all, Praneshacharya continues on his own journey of spiritual growth.

Is both a religious novel (about a decaying Brahmin colony in a south Indian village) and a contemporary poetic reworking of ancient Hindu themes and myths. Its central event is a death, which brings in its wake a plague, moral chaos, and a rebirth.


Lcena Lcena
This book is beautifully written. A fairly easy read. Super descriptive, the descriptive writing will draw the reader into the story.
Stonewing Stonewing
I just finished reading the novel "Samskara" written by UR Ananthamurthy in the mid 60s. This was also made into a movie in 1970. I vaguely remember watching this controversial movie that disturbed some orthodox Brahmins. It was written in Kannada language and now any one can read this in English version available through Amazon. Reading this book brought back my childhood memories of typical village life in Southern Karnataka. It is of course a novel but I found it realistic in the way people understood Hindu philosophy of Karma and Dharma and practically lived it out. It is worth reading for any seekers of ritualistic Hinduism.
There is a synopsis on the web page [...]
In the novel the key figure Praneshacharya is rooted in the concept that salvation has to be earned. His thinking is to earn salvation by becoming a man of the highest goodness, being born into Brahmin family, then studying and mastering the Vedas/ scriptures, successfully arguing with the masters/pundits in Kashi and earning the title of crest jewel of Vedanta philosophy, purposely marrying to an invalid wife to show his self sacrifice, taking care of his sick wife daily as a duty, very regularly doing the acts of worship, reading scriptures and chanting mantras/stotras and doing all the penances, all to strive for perfection in the pursuit of salvation.
As we read further in the story his whole life becomes a mess, a disappointment and he faces huge dilemmas. He finds the truth that it is difficult to be good consistently and one always falls short of perfection no matter how much one strives. The question"how good is good enough?" is unanswerable.
Had he discovered that "I am a man of Goodness already, not I will become a man of goodness" his life would have been much different? It is through goodness not penance that sacrifice and service will come out truly and one finds the Grace of God.
I find the village character "Putta" in the second half of the book giving a powerful message. I was fascinated with his relentless following of this total stranger Praneshacharya and his patience goes beyond description. Praneshacharya tries to escape with no success. Putta, innocent but with a big heart was always there behind Praneshacharya. My take is this is how God pursuits human beings despite of our refusal to accept our imperfection.
I just loved this book.
Kakashkaliandiia Kakashkaliandiia
The author uses a Brahiminc village as the setting of the story but in essence this is a classic Faust or Te Monk with decline and corruption of values, ethics, morality and eventually behavior. This book in noway attempts to define the caste system or it's roles, they are just a backdrop to the story and the accuracy of society's structure is does not matter. What matters is the developments the characters go through as they journey through life. Can we walk through a swamp and not have some mud on us? Looking from a sterile purely academic point of view we loose sight of reality, pragmatism and at the end fail to act. This is what I think Anantha Murthy was trying to say.
Fararala Fararala
A worthwhile book but not the greatest. The story kind of plunks along, then just stops. But the book shows fascinating details of a totally foreign culture. It is hard to imagine that so much backwardness can exist in an almost modern society, even one as sheltered as this. The levels of superstition are pervasive and medieval, as though step on a crack break your mother's back weren't just a children's rhyme, but a code to live by. Four stars for the exotic interest value.
Laizel Laizel
This was a wonderful book. I had a hard time with the names and never figured out the geography but I loved how weird this was and how pungent. Buzzards gather for the death of a village. It reminded me of Oedipus and F. Scott Fitzgerald in India! I liked the whore Chandri since she was the only person with any common sense in the book.
Urtte Urtte
Read all of it. Wonderful and thought provoking.

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Ximinon Ximinon
Always wanted to know about the castes in India. A very sobering book and a cultural tour de force!
I enjoyed the book.
The insights were great reflections to improve your character,.
Story is written with good narration.
I highly recommend it.