The Printer Of Malgudi

Narayan, R. K.

Published by Michigan State University Press, 1957
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East Lansing. 1957. Michigan State University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. 30. 276 pages. hardcover. keywords: October 10. inventory # 9372. FROM THE PUBLISHER - THE PRINTER OF MALGUDI, otherwise known as Mr. Sampath, is another of those intriguing characters who live in R. K. Narayan’s mythical town of Malgudi, South India. The artful, ‘I-can-do-anything’ printer of the Truth Printing Works has the same formula for every customer: ‘Trust Sampath and he will free you of all unnecessary worries,’ He promises any. thing just to keep people happy: to help the landlord marry off his granddaughter, to search for the beautiful girl a bank clerk yearns to find, and, of course, to deliver on time all his printing orders (which always were to be the best job the customers could get in all South India). One customer to whom the printer gives his most dedicated service is the pensive Srinivas, editor of a weekly paper, The Banner, which within its twelve pages of foolscap attempts to set the world right. The world, to Srinivas, is like a half-raised structure, the other half of which might go up or not. The Banner, thus, has twin work to do: to attack ruthlessly the pig-headedness of people and to prod them into pursuing perfection, In ‘938, when the papers were full of anticipation of a world war, Srinivas wrote: ‘The Banner has nothing special to note about any war, past or future, It is only concerned with the war that is always going on - between man’s inside and outside.’ When the Truth Printing Works is forced to shut down due to lack of funds, Srinivas and a number of others follow the printer into his next ‘great’ venture, the making of an epic film that will turn Malgudi into the ‘Hollywood of India.’ In almost typically Hollywood fashion, the company finds a great epic to produce. The principals hold numerous story conferences and find ‘great’ stars for their cast, to say nothing of being beset with numerous jealousies among the stars and directors, Rather inevitably, far from creating a ‘Hollywood of India,’ the venture proves to be the undoing of most of the characters involved, As his dream fades before his eyes, Mr. Sampath has to go into hiding from his creditors. Only Srinivas survives the film venture, philosophically going back and re-establishing The Banner. ‘Nonsense - An Adult Occupation’ was one of his first editorials. In 1952 University of Michigan took an unusual step for a University Press. They decided to publish a novel. The book was THE FINANCIAL EXPERT, by R. K. Narayan. They had tried to persuade a commercial publisher to publish this book, but without success. Upon publication of THE FINANCIAL EXPERT, R. K. Narayan was hailed by the critics as a major discovery. Over the past five years the University of Michigan Press published four more of his books, each of which meeting with the same critical success. After this publication of THE PRINTER OF MALGUDI Narayan’s novels were published in the United States by The Viking Press. Very Good In Slightly Worn Dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The Printer Of Malgudi
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Publication Date: 1957
Binding: hardcover
Edition: 1st Edition.

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