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MUNSHI PREMCHAND (1880-1936) , the pen name of Dhanpat Rai, was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindi-Urdu literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent, and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindi writers of the early twentieth century. He began writing under the pen name "Nawab Rai", but subsequently switched to "Premchand", Munshi being an honorary prefix. A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, he has been referred to as the "Upanyas Samrat" ("Emperor among Novelists") by writers. His works include more than a dozen novels, close to 300 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.
The range and diversity of his stories were limitless as he tackled themes of romance and satire, gender politics and social inequality, with unmatched skill and compassion. By turns poignant, acerbic, comical and tragic, many of his stories powerfully invoke the countryside-its pastoral simplicity as well as its harsh realities, while others capture the hopes and anxieties that accompany life in a teeming city where the underdog and the exploiter are caught in an age-old conflict.
Premchand's influence on Indian literature cannot be overstated. As the late scholar David Rubin wrote, "To Premchand belongs the distinction of creating the genre of the serious short story -- and the serious novel as well -- in both Hindi and Urdu. Virtually single-handed he lifted fiction in these languages from a quagmire of aimless romantic chronicles to a high level of realistic narrative comparable to European fiction of the time; and in both languages, he has, in addition, remained an unsurpassed master."
The following books are in ePUB format:
* Complete Short Stories (Penguin, 2017). Four volumes. Translated by M. Asaduddin et al.
* Co-Wife and Other Stories, The (Penguin, 2012). Translated by Ruth Vanita.
* Eid Fair (Pandey, 2013). Translated by Pawan Kumar Pandey.
* Godan: A Novel of Peasant India (Jaico, 2011). Translated by Jai Ratan and P. Lal.
* Salt Inspector and Other Stories (Pandey, 2013). Translated by Pawan Kumar Pandey.
* Winter's Night and Other Stories, A (Puffin, 2011). Translated by Rakhshanda Jalil.
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