Title: Mr. Sampath
Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode
Publication Date: 1949
Edition: 1st Edition.
London. 1949. Eyre & Spottiswoode. 1st British Edition. Some Internal Foxing,Otherwise Good In Slightly Worn Boards With Some Traces Of Glue On The Bottom Front. No Dustjacket. 219 pages. hardcover. keywords: Literature India. inventory # 34373. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Fresh from the presses of the Truth Printing Works, the weekly edition of The Banner enjoys a certain distinction. Srinivas, its editor and sole contributor, concerns himself with artistic and intellectual problems: Mr. Sampath, its printer, amicably shoulders the financial burdens. When the paper folds - a surprise to them both - Mr. Sampath sees a way to save an equable partnership. With splendid magnanimity he arranges for Srinivas to write film scripts for Sunrise Productions. Unfortunately, the glamor of it all goes to Mr. Sampath’s head, and his sudden change of fortune leads to sublime, unmitigated chaos. R.K. NARAYAN is, as The Spectator said, ‘an Indian writer who can place the Orient into focus for Occidental eyes’. He has also been described as an Indian Tchechov - the light vivid, style, with its sense of rime passing, of the half-realised beauty of human relationships; the humour and sadness of a world whose intellectual effort leads to nothing better than a perpetual studentship; the huge Indian spaces into which friends disappear to take up clerkships and never to write letters. From this enormous back ground one little town, Malgudi, stands in relief, created by Mr. Narayan with beautiful clarity. Those who have not previously made its acquaintance and those to whom it has become familiar territory can be recommended to this ‘latest novel, which centres round the offices of The Banner, the Malgudi newspaper, whose editor, Srinivas, is one of those tragi-comic characters which Narayan draws so well. The mysterious Mr. Sampath appears to take charge of Srinivas and his troubles with resulting complications which make this one of the author’s most amusing books. . Some Internal Foxing,Otherwise Good In Slightly Worn Boards With Some Traces Of Glue On The Bottom Front. No Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 34373
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