A Tiger for Malgudi and the Man-Eater of Malgudi

A Tiger for Malgudi and the Man-Eater of Malgudi

Introduction by:

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105800
  • 368 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Two comic gems from the father of modern Indian fiction- available in one volume for the first time

These two novels show R. K. Narayan at his best, offering enchanting tales of human absurdity that are also skillfully woven parables infused with Hindu mysticism. A Tiger for Malgudi is told from the point of view of the tiger Raja, now old and toothless, who looks back on his life in the circus and in films, and on his dramatic bid to escape the brutish human world in a quest for freedom. The Man-Eater of Malgudi is the story of Nataraj, a mild-mannered printer who stands up to Vasu, a pugnacious taxidermist, when Vasu begins to covet the beloved temple elephant for his collection.


” Narayan’s comedy . . . is classical art, profound in feeling and delicate in control.”
-The New York Times Book Review

“Narayan is a first-rate storyteller.”
-The New Yorker
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