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Himalayan Voices: An Introduction to Modern Nepali by Michael James Hutt

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By Michael James Hutt

Whereas the ordinary elegance of Nepal has been celebrated in lots of books, little or no of the immense physique of Nepali literature has seemed in English translation. Himalayan Voices presents admirers of Nepal and fans of literature with their first glimpse of the colourful literary scene in Nepal today.

An advent to the 2 such a lot built genres of contemporary Nepali literature—poetry and the fast story—this paintings profiles 11 of Nepal's so much exclusive poets and gives translations of greater than 80 poems written from 1916 to 1986. Twenty of the main fascinating and best-known examples of the Nepali brief tale are translated into English for the 1st time via Michael Hutt. All offer vibrant descriptions of existence in twentieth-century Nepal.

Although the times while Nepali poets have been on a regular basis jailed for his or her writings have handed, till 1990 the strictures of assorted legislation governing public protection and partisan political job nonetheless required writers and publishers to workout a definite warning. regardless of those stipulations, poetry in Nepal remained the main very important and cutting edge style, within which sentiments and critiques on modern social and political concerns have been often expressed.

While the Nepali brief tale tailored its current shape simply through the early Nineteen Thirties, it has speedily constructed an incredibly excessive measure of class. those tales provide insights into the workings of Nepali society: into caste, agrarian kinfolk, social swap, the prestige of girls, and so forth. Such insights are extra fast than these provided by way of scholarly works and are conveyed via implication and assumption instead of research and exposition.

This ebook may still allure not just to admirers of Nepal, yet to all readers with an curiosity in non-Western literatures. Himalayan Voices establishes for the 1st time the lifestyles of a worldly literary culture in Nepal and the japanese Himalaya.

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Because the khanda-kdvya is a form with classical antecedents, it is invariably composed in metrical verse. The Idmo kavita, or "long poem," however, is a modern free-verse form that is not divided into chapters and that can address any topic or theme. The longest poetic genre is the mahdkavya, the "epic poem," another classical form that must be composed in metrical verse. The importance and popularity of the khanda-kdvya and the mahdkavya have diminished significantly in the years since 1950.

The essential quality of much of Lekhnath's poetry derives mainly from his choice of vocabulary and his use ol meter and alliteration; it is therefore rather less amenable to effective translation than the works of most later poets, a fact reflected by the small number of poems translated here. Of these, "A Parrot in a Cage" has been slightly abridged: the Nepali poem contains 25 verses. A translation of Reflections on the Spring, completed some years ago, has with some regrets been deleted from this selection.

Shah) wrote some very popular romantic poems, and the present queen, writing as Chandaril Shah, has recently published a collection of songs. The Nepali literary world is centered in two Himalayan towns: Kath- 16 THE POKTS OF N E P A L mandu, the capital of Nepal, and Darjeeling, in the Himalayan foothills of the Indian state of West Bengal. Other cities, notably Banaras, served as publishing centers during the period of Rana rule in Nepal, but their importance has diminished in recent years. Until the fall of the Ranas, some of the most innovative Nepali writers were active in Darjeeling (the novelist Lainsingh Bangdel and the poet Agam Singh Giri are especially worthy of note), and fundamental work was also done by people such as Paras Mani Pradhan to reform and standardize the literary language.

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