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Untouchable

Mulk Raj Anand - Author

E. M. Forster - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140183955 | 160 pages | 03 Jul 1990 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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The powerful story of an Untouchable in India’s caste system, now with a new introduction

With precision, vitality, and a fury that earned him praise as India’s Charles Dickens, Mulk Raj Anand recreates in Untouchable what it was like to live on the fringes of society in pre-independence India. Bakha, an attractive, proud, and strong young man, is also an Untouchable, the lowest of the low in India’s caste system. A sweeper and a toilet-cleaner, he must warn others on the street of his status so that he will not pollute them with his presence. In this urgent 1935 re-creation of one day in the life of an outcast, a violent encounter leads Bakha to question his fate—and to find an answer in the unlikeliest of places.


‘It recalled to me very vividly the occasions I have walked “the wrong way” in an Indian city and it is a way down which no novelist has yet taken me . . .’ E.M. Forster

‘One of the most eloquent and imaginative works to deal with this difficult and emotive subject’ – Martin Seymour-Smith