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Mulk Raj Anand (12 December 1905 — 28 September 2004) was an Indian writer in English, notable for his depiction of the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society. One of the pioneers of Indo-Anglian fiction, he, together with R.K. Narayan and Ahmed Ali, was one of the first India-based writers in English to gain an international readership .

Born in Peshawar, he studied at Khalsa College, Amritsar, before moving to England where he attended University College London as an undergraduate and later Cambridge University, graduating with a PhD in 1929. During this time he forged friendships with members of the Bloomsbury Group. He spent some time in Geneva, lecturing at the League of Nations' School of Intellectual Cooperation.

Anand's literary career was launched by family tragedy, instigated by the rigidity of the caste system. His first prose essay was a response to the suicide of an aunt, who had been excommunicated by his family for sharing a meal with a Muslim. His first main novel, Untouchable, published in 1935, was a chilling exposť of the day-to-day life of a member of India's untouchable caste. It is the story of a single day in the life of Bakha, a toilet-cleaner, who accidentally bumps into a member of a higher caste.

Bakha searches for a salve to the tragedy of the destiny into which he was born, talking with a Christian missionary, listening to a speech about untouchability by Mahatma Gandhi and a subsequent conversation by two educated Indians, but by the end of the book Anand suggests that it is technology, in the form of the newly introduced flush toilet that may be his saviour by eliminating the need for a caste of toilet cleaners.

This simple book, which captured the puissance of the Punjabi and Hindi idiom in English was widely acclaimed and Anand won the reputation of being India's Charles Dickens. The introduction was written by his friend, E. M. Forster, whom he met while working on T. S. Eliot's magazine Criterion. In it Forster writes: "Avoiding rhetoric and circumlocution, it has gone straight to the heart of its subject and purified it"

Inevitably, Anand, who spent half his time in London and half in India, was drawn to the Indian independence movement. At the same time, he also supported freedom elsewhere around the globe and even travelled to Spain to volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. He spent World War II working as a scriptwriter for the BBC in London, where he became a friend of George Orwell. He was a friend of Picasso and had Picasso paintings in his collection.

Anand returned to India in 1946, and continued with his prodigious literary output there. His work includes poetry and essay on a wide range of subjects, as well as autobiographies and novels. Prominent among his novels are The Village (1939), Across the Black Waters (1940), The Sword and the Sickle (1942), all written in England, and Coolie (1945), The Private Life of an Indian Prince (1953), perhaps the most important of his works written in India. He also founded a literary magazine, Marg, and taught in various universities. During the 1970s, he worked with the International Progress Organization (I.P.O.) on the issue of cultural self-comprehension of nations. His contribution to the conference of the I.P.O. in Innsbruck (Austria) in 1974 had a special influence on debates that later became known under the phrase of 'Dialogue Among Civilizations'.

Private Life of an Indian Prince, were more autobiographical in nature, and in 1950 Anand embarked on a project to write a seven-part autobiography, beginning with Seven Summers. One part, Morning Face (1968) won him the Sahitya Akademi Award . Like much of his later work, it contains elements of his spiritual journey as he struggles to attain a higher sense of self-awareness.

He died in Pune.
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Total Books: 92
2014 - Untouchable [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780141393605
ISBN-10: 0141393602
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Lament on the Death of a Master of Arts and Other Stories
2009 - Lament on the Death of a Master of Arts and Other Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788122204148
ISBN-10: 8122204147
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Lost Child and Two Lyrical Stories
2008 - Lost Child and Two Lyrical Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788170174646
ISBN-10: 8170174643
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Private Life of an Indian Prince
2008 - Private Life of an Indian Prince (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788172237608
ISBN-10: 817223760X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2008 - Across the Black Waters (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788122202588
ISBN-10: 8122202586
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Reflections on a White Elephant A Novel
2007 - Reflections on a White Elephant a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788124108376
ISBN-10: 8124108374
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Man Whose Name Did Not Appear in the Census And Other Stories
2006 - Man Whose Name Did Not Appear in the Census and Other Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788122204131
ISBN-10: 8122204139

A Pair of Mustachios and Other Stories
2005 - A Pair of Mustachios and Other Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788122203110
ISBN-10: 8122203116
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Lost Child
2005 - The Lost Child (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788122203684
ISBN-10: 812220368X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Seven Summers  A Memoir
2005 - Seven Summers a Memoir (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780144000180
ISBN-10: 0144000180
Genre: Literature & Fiction

1999 - Lajwanti (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788122202342
ISBN-10: 8122202349
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Tales Told By An Idiot
1999 - Tales Told By an Idiot (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788172247492
ISBN-10: 8172247494
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Conversations in Bloomsbury
1995 - Conversations in Bloomsbury [Oxford India Paperbacks] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195636789
ISBN-10: 0195636783

1994 - Coolie [Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140186802
ISBN-10: 0140186808
Genre: Literature & Fiction

UT Nr33 Gauri
1993 - Ut Nr33 Gauri (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783293200333
ISBN-10: 3293200338

Death of a Hero a Novel
1993 - Death of a Hero a Novel (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788170173298
ISBN-10: 8170173299
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Pilpali Sahab
1991 - Pilpali Sahab (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781855290648
ISBN-10: 1855290642

Pilpali Sahab The Story of a Big Ego in a Small Body
1990 - Pilpali Sahab the Story of a Big Ego in a Small Body (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781855290594
ISBN-10: 1855290596

Folk Tales of Punjab
1989 - Folk Tales of Punjab (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780836459357
ISBN-10: 0836459350

The bubble A novel
1984 - The Bubble a Novel (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780712802420
ISBN-10: 0712802428

1981 - Gauri (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780862492014
ISBN-10: 0862492017

1971 - Ajanta (Hardcover)
Mora [Nehru Lib. for Children] (Paperback)
Chintamoni Kar [Contemp. Indian Art S] (Other)
Anand to Alma Letters of Mulk Raj Anand [A Writers Workshop greybird book] (Other)
El Intocable [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)