Tale Of A Wasteland (Stories)

Phanishwarnath Renu

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  • Year: 2012

  • Binding: Hardback

  • Publisher: Global Vision Press

  • ISBN No: 9789380707440

Phaneeshwar Nath Renu, a true son of the soil, has created in Parti Parikatha, rendered here in English as ‘Tale of a Wasteland’; a major modern classic through the original genius he brought to bear upon his theme. Renu’s deeply moving cry against an unjust social order coupled with his compassion for men; his freedom from bitterness against the establishment, and his love of common humanity backed by his creation of half a dozen powerful, living authentic figures with whom he peoples his world set against the Wasteland perpetrated by Nature on man sets him apart as a major creative genius who has come to stay. Every reader of this ‘epic in prose’ will feel real life throbbing and pulsating through each page of this book. On its broad canvas, the life of two generations has been inimitably presented by Renu with his exquisite art which creates unforgettable characters through episodes and dialogues in an idiom that shows his power over words. Indeed, no reader, once he has gone through this book, can help missing some of these characters that he has lived with while reading this saga, lighted by Renu’s vision of hope which ‘no depth of despair, no height of cynicism can possibly defeat’.

Phanishwarnath Renu

फणीश्वरनाथ रेणु
जन्म : 4 मार्च, 1921
जन्म-स्थान : औराही-हिंगना नामक गांव, जिला पूर्णिया (बिहार)
हिंदी कथा-साहित्य में अत्यधिक महत्त्वपूर्ण  रचनाकार । दमन और शोषण के विरुद्ध आजीवन संघर्षरत । राजनीति में सक्रिय हिस्सेदारी । 1942 के भारतीय स्वाधीनता-संग्राम से एक प्रमुख सेनानी की भूमिका निभाई । 1950 में नेपाली जनता को राणाशाही के दमन और अत्याचारों से मुक्ति दिलाने के लिए वहां की सशस्त्र क्रांति और राजनीति में जीवंत योगदान।  1952-53 से दीर्घकालीन रोगग्रस्तता । इसके बाद राजनीति की अपेक्षा साहित्य-सृजन की ओर अधिकाधिक झुकाव । 1954 में पहले किन्तु बहुचर्चित उपन्यास 'मैला आँचल' का प्रकाशन। कथा-साहित्य के अतिरिक्त संस्मरण, रेखाचित्र और रिपोर्ताज आदि विधाओं में भी लिखा। व्यक्ति और कृतिकार- दोनों ही रूपों से अप्रतिम। जीवन के सन्ध्याकाल में राजनीतिक आंदोलन से पुनः गहरा जुड़ाव । जे०पी० के साथ पुलिस दमन के शिकार हुए, तत्पश्चात् जेल गए । सत्ता के दमनचक्र के विरोध में पद्मश्री का त्याग ।

स्मृति-शेष : 11 अप्रैल, 1977

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