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While the natural splendor of Nepal has been celebrated in many books, very little of the substantial body of Nepali literature has appeared in English translation. Himalayan Voices provides admirers of Nepal and lovers of literature with their first glimpse of the vibrant literary scene in Nepal today.

An introduction to the two most developed genres of modern Nepali literature—poetry and the short story—this work profiles eleven of Nepal's most distinguished poets and offers translations of more than eighty poems written from 1916 to 1986. Twenty of the most interesting and best-known examples of the Nepali short story are translated into English for the first time by Michael Hutt. All provide vivid descriptions of life in twentieth-century Nepal.

Although the days when Nepali poets were regularly jailed for their writings have passed, until 1990 the strictures of various laws governing public security and partisan political activity still required writers and publishers to exercise a certain caution. In spite of these conditions, poetry in Nepal remained the most vital and innovative genre, in which sentiments and opinions on contemporary social and political issues were frequently expressed.

While the Nepali short story adapted its present form only during the early 1930s, it has rapidly developed a surprisingly high degree of sophistication. These stories offer insights into the workings of Nepali society: into caste, agrarian relations, social change, the status of women, and so on. Such insights are more immediate than those offered by scholarly works and are conveyed by implication and assumption rather than analysis and exposition.

This book should appeal not only to admirers of Nepal, but to all readers with an interest in non-Western literatures. Himalayan Voices establishes for the first time the existence of a sophisticated literary tradition in Nepal and the eastern Himalaya.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. v-ix
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  1. PREFACE
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION
  2. pp. xvii-xvii
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. PART ONE. The Poets of Nepal
  2. pp. 11-11
  1. Nepali Poetry
  2. pp. 13-21
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  1. Lekhnath Paudyāl (1885-1966)
  2. pp. 22-30
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  1. Bālkrishna Sama (1903-1981)
  2. pp. 31-39
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  1. Lakshmīprasād Devkotā (1909-1959)
  2. pp. 40-56
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  1. Siddhicharan Shreshtha (b. 1912)
  2. pp. 57-65
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  1. Kedār Man "Vyāthit" (b. 1914)
  2. pp. 66-72
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  1. Gopālprasād Rimāl (1918-1973)
  2. pp. 73-81
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  1. Mohan Koirālā (b. 1926)
  2. pp. 82-98
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  1. Bairāgī Kāinlā (b. 1939)
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. Pārijāt (b. 1937)
  2. pp. 111-118
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  1. Bhūpi Sherchan (1936-1989)
  2. pp. 119-131
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  1. Bānīrā Giri (b. 1946)
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. New Trends in Nepali Poetry
  2. pp. 141-170
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  1. PART TWO. Selected Short Stories
  2. pp. 171-171
  1. The Short Story in Nepali
  2. pp. 173-188
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  1. Guruprasād Mainālī (1900-1971)
  2. pp. 189-196
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  1. Bishweshwar Prasād Koirālā (1915-1982)
  2. pp. 197-205
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  1. Bhavānī Bhikshu (1914-1981)
  2. pp. 206-223
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  1. Shivkumār Rāī (b. 1916)
  2. pp. 224-230
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  1. Daulat Bikram Bishtha (b. 1926)
  2. pp. 231-235
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  1. Bijay Malla (b. 1925)
  2. pp. 236-243
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  1. Ramesh Bikal (b. 1932)
  2. pp. 244-252
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  1. Shankar Lāmichhāné (1928-1975)
  2. pp. 253-259
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  1. Indra Bahādur Rāī (b. 1928)
  2. pp. 260-265
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  1. Poshan Pāndé (b. 1932)
  2. pp. 266-270
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  1. Tārinī Prasād Koirālā (1922-1974)
  2. pp. 271-277
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  1. Premā Shāh
  2. pp. 278-283
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  1. Parashu Pradhān (b. 1943)
  2. pp. 284-289
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  1. Dhruba Chandra Gautam (b. 1944)
  2. pp. 290-297
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  1. Manu Brājākī (b. 1942)
  2. pp. 298-303
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  1. Kishor Pahādī (b. 1956)
  2. pp. 304-309
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  1. GLOSSARY
  2. pp. 311-316
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  2. pp. 317-323
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 325-333
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520910263
Related ISBN
9780520070486
MARC Record
OCLC
43476642
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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