Author : Bhisham Sahni
Translator : Daisy Rockwell
9780143441243 | PB | pp. 345 | 2016 | Penguin Modern Classics
Tamas by Bhisham Sahni is Winner of the Sahitya Aakdemi Award tells the tale of an unfolding riot from different vantage points. In Daisy Rockwell’s definitive translation, this magnificent work comes vividly to life.
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In a city in undivided Punjab, Nathu, a tanner, is bribed to kill a pig. When the animal’s carcass is discovered on the steps of the local mosque the next morning, simmering tensions explode into an orgy of bloodlust. But in the midst of the ensuing carnage, despite the darkness of the times, rare moments of unexpected friendship and love also surface.
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