Himalayan Voices : An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature

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Pub. Date: 1991-07-01
Publisher(s): Univ of California Pr
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While the natural splendor of Nepal has been celebrated in many books, very little of the substantial body of Nepali literature has appeared in English translation.Himalayan Voicesprovides admirers of Nepal and lovers of literature with their first glimpse of the vibrant literary scene in Nepal today. An introduction to the two most developed genres of modern Nepali literature--poetry and the short story--this work profiles eleven of Nepal's most distinguished poets and offers translations of more than eighty poems written from 1916 to 1986. Twenty of the most interesting and best-known examples of the Nepali short story are translated into English for the first time by Michael Hutt. All provide vivid descriptions of life in twentieth-century Nepal. Although the days when Nepali poets were regularly jailed for their writings have passed, until 1990 the strictures of various laws governing public security and partisan political activity still required writers and publishers to exercise a certain caution. In spite of these conditions, poetry in Nepal remained the most vital and innovative genre, in which sentiments and opinions on contemporary social and political issues were frequently expressed. While the Nepali short story adapted its present form only during the early 1930s, it has rapidly developed a surprisingly high degree of sophistication. These stories offer insights into the workings of Nepali society: into caste, agrarian relations, social change, the status of women, and so on. Such insights are more immediate than those offered by scholarly works and are conveyed by implication and assumption rather than analysis and exposition. This book should appeal not only to admirers of Nepal, but to all readers with an interest in non-Western literatures.Himalayan Voicesestablishes for the first time the existence of a sophisticated literary tradition in Nepal and the eastern Himalaya.

Author Biography

Michael James Hutt is a Lecturer in Nepali Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Note on Transliterationp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
The Poets of Nepalp. 11
Nepali Poetryp. 13
A Parrot in a Cagep. 26
Himalayap. 28
Remembering Saraswalip. 29
An Ode to Deathp. 30
Last Poemp. 30
Man Is God Himselfp. 34
I Hatep. 35
All-Pervading Poetryp. 35
from Sight of the Incarnationp. 36
Sleeping Porterp. 44
from Muna and Madanp. 45
Prayer on a Clear Morning in the Month of Maghp. 51
Madp. 53
Like Nothing into Nothingp. 56
A Suffering Worldp. 59
No Smoke from the Chimneysp. 61
My Reflectionp. 61
Untouchablep. 61
Father Has Not Come Homep. 62
My Sonp. 63
To the Poet Devkotap. 64
Fragment from the Year '09p. 68
Antsp. 69
A Glimpsep. 69
The Stormp. 70
The Endp. 71
Warp. 71
The Practice of Sculpturep. 71
A Mother's Dreamp. 75
Consolationp. 76
A Mother's Painp. 78
A Changep. 79
Who Are You?p. 80
To--p. 81
Remembering as I Gop. 86
An Introduction to the Landp. 87
I Love Your Daughterp. 89
The Martyrsp. 90
I Rememberp. 91
A Flower Amid the Mountain Rocksp. 93
The Fiddlep. 93
The Snow Peak's Blood-Redp. 96
It's a Mineral, the Mindp. 97
You Who Rememberp. 98
The Corpse of a Dreamp. 102
A Drunk Man's Speech to the Street After Midnightp. 103
People Shopping at a Weekly Marketp. 106
Sweep Awayp. 113
To Gopalprasad Rimal's "To--"p. 114
A Sick Lover's Letter to Her Soldierp. 115
In the Arms of Deathp. 116
Always Always in My Dreamp. 122
Midday and the Cold Sleepp. 123
I Think My Country's History Is a Liep. 124
A Blind Man on a Revolving Chairp. 125
This Is a Land of Uproar and Rumorp. 127
New Yorkp. 128
A Poemp. 129
A Dove of Two Delicate White Hands: Your Greetingp. 130
Cold Ashtrayp. 131
A Cruel Blow at Dawnp. 131
Time, You Are Always the Winnerp. 133
I Am a Torn Posterp. 135
Kathmandup. 137
Womanp. 139
New Trends in Nepali Poetryp. 141
A Leaf in a Stormp. 143
A Wishp. 144
This Life, What Life Is This?p. 145
The Shadows of Superfluous Songsp. 146
Where Is the Voice?p. 147
Village and Townp. 149
Children Going to Schoolp. 149
Before the Dawnp. 149
April Windp. 150
Historical Mattersp. 151
Are You Quite Well, Oh Poet?p. 152
To the Childrenp. 153
None Returned from the Capitalp. 154
What's in the Bastard Hills?p. 155
Thus a Nation Pretends to Livep. 157
A Spellp. 158
Headlandp. 158
Should I Earn My Daily Bread, or Should I Write a Poem?p. 159
Selected Short Storiesp. 171
The Short Story in Nepalip. 173
A Blaze in the Strawp. 189
The Soldierp. 197
To the Lowlandsp. 201
Will He Ever Return?p. 207
Maujang Babusaheb's Coatp. 214
The Murdererp. 224
The Andhi Kholap. 231
Sunglassesp. 236
The Prisoner and the Dovep. 240
A Splendid Buffalop. 244
The Half-closed Eyes of the Buddha and the Slowly Setting Sunp. 253
Maina's Mother Is Just Like Usp. 260
A Sweater for Brother-in-lawp. 266
It Depends upon Your Point of Viewp. 271
A Husbandp. 278
The Telegram on the Tablep. 284
A Relationshipp. 286
The Firep. 290
A Small Fish Squats by the Dhobi Kholap. 298
A Living Deathp. 304
Glossaryp. 311
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 325
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