White Blood

Nanak Singh

Dilraj Singh Suri

A lyrical, luminous offering from the pioneer of Punjabi novel writing and Sahitya Akademi‐awardee Nanak Singh

When a ticket officer apprehends a ticketless traveller at the Amritsar Railway Station, he is shocked to discover that the penniless young man in tattered clothes is none other than the widely acclaimed writer Gupteshwar. But even more disconcerting than the state of the author is the story of his new novel, one that lays bare the moral rot besieging twentieth-century Punjab. As the author reads from his unfinished manuscript, it becomes clear that the tale of the two women he is weaving is far from fictional.

With its nested narratives, rich prose and fascinating depiction of quotidian life, Nanak Singh's pivotal novel paints an unsparing portrait of a society infected with corruption, casteism and appalling inequality, where those who position themselves as guardians of morality are the ones most willing to abuse their power.

  • Classification : Translation
  • Pub Date : MAY 21, 2024
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 272
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357316958
  • Price : INR 499

Nanak Singh

Nanak Singh (1897-1971) is widely recognized as the 'Father of Punjabi Novel' and has left an indelible mark on various literary genres. He emphasized the interplay between character and incident, considering character as the determinant of events and incidents as reflections of character. His literary canvas often portrayed glimpses of contemporary life veiled in a shroud of romantic idealism. His novel, Ik Mian Do Talwaran earned him India's highest literary accolade, the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1962. Additionally, his novel Pavitar Paapi was made into a motion picture in 1968, and Chitta Lahu was skilfully translated into Russian by Natasha Tolstoy.


Dilraj Singh Suri

Dilraj Suri, a technical writer and localization professional, hails from a family of writers and educators. Growing up, he was immersed in the captivating realms of novels, poetry, comic books and magazines, and it ignited his passion to undertake the translation of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s epic novel, Chitta Lahu, into English.

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