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By Munshi Premchand | Comments: ( 858 ) | Date: ( Nov 20, 2019 )

Godan, a story of stark realism, is Premchand s most outstanding novel The realism, artistry and tenderness with which he has created the characters here, particularly that of Hori, are unparalleled and unsurpassed in the whole fiction of India Hori is an immortal character symbolic of the peasantry of this country 16th Enlarged edition.


  • Title: गोदान [Godan]
  • Author: Munshi Premchand
  • ISBN: 9788128829314
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand Hindi was an Indian writer famous for his modern Hindustani literature He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent,and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindustani writers of the early twentieth century.Born Dhanpat Rai, he began writing under the pen name Nawab Rai , but subsequently switched to Premchand , while he is also known as Munshi Premchand , Munshi being an honorary prefix A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, he has been referred to as the Upanyas Samrat Emperor among Novelists by some Hindi writers His works include than a dozen novels, around 250 short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi.Premchand is considered the first Hindi author whose writings prominently featured realism His novels describe the problems of the poor and the urban middle class His works depict a rationalistic outlook, which views religious values as something that allows the powerful hypocrites to exploit the weak He used literature for the purpose of arousing public awareness about national and social issues and often wrote about topics related to corruption, child widowhood, prostitution, feudal system, poverty, colonialism and on the India s freedom movement.Several of his early works, such as A Little Trick and A Moral Victory, satirised the Indians who cooperated with the British colonial government In the 1920s, he was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi s non cooperation movement and the accompanying struggle for social reform During this period, his works dealt with the social issues such as poverty, zamindari exploitation Premashram, 1922 , dowry system Nirmala, 1925 , educational reform and political oppression Karmabhumi, 1931 In his last days, he focused on village life as a stage for complex drama, as seen in his most famous work Godan as well as the short story collection Kafan 1936.Premchand believed that social realism was the way for Hindi literature, as opposed to the feminine quality , tenderness and emotion of the contemporary Bengali literature.



Comments गोदान [Godan]

  • Rohit Enghakat

    I wanted to read a Premchand for a long time. The last I read was an abridged version in school in the Hindi class of 8th or 9th grade (if I remember correctly, it was "Nirmala"). Since I am not used to reading Hindi novels, I picked up the translated version of the most widely read novel "Godan" with great expectations. However, I was a bit disappointed. Maybe something was lost in translation. I guess translated versions of great pieces of literature should be avoided as it loses essence. Try [...]


  • Avinash

    ⁠⁠⁠गोदान मानव जीवन के संघर्षों, आत्ममंथन और आत्मज्ञान की कहानी है। मैंने कई बार इस कृति के सारांश में यह पढ़ा है कि गोदान होरी नाम के एक किसान की कहानी है, मैं इस से सहमत नही हूँ। मेरे मत में इस कह [...]


  • Shreya Bora

    No words of mine can describe the greatness of this novel.All i can remember isi was inconsolably crying when i finished reading this novel (without even realizing that i was actually crying).I am a modern girl hailing from a metro cityr in my life have i been to a village, i have never seen farms.have never met any Peasentalization of there existence in this world had never before occurred to mei had often heard the news of farmers committing suicideI had seen Rahul Gandhi speaking for the righ [...]


  • Madhulika Liddle

    Godaan - literally, the donation of a cow - seems, when this landmark novel of Premchand's first begins, an event unlikely to happen, because the story starts with a poor farmer's desire to somehow buy a cow. Hori, the 40-year old protagonist of the book, owns three meagre bighas of land, is in debt to various moneylenders in his village, and (along with his wife Dhaniya, their 17-year old son Gobardhan 'Gobar' and their two young daughters Sona and Rupa) is living pretty much a hand-to-mouth ex [...]


  • Pallo(gmail)

    Lots of typos n grammatical mistakes in the English translationwill try to get my hands onto the original hindi versionbut nonetheless painful n true portrayal of rural life in India.


  • Shefali Mehta

    I am totally blown away by Premchand's dexterity in handling characters! So many characters, but not one is stereotyped or made to look like a caricature. All the major ones change over the course of the novel with the circumstances and reveal new sides to them. He does not try to garner insincere pity for the peasants, nor does he completely demonize the zamindars and other rich people. It is the unencumbered life energy, the medley of emotions and experiences, that runs from page to page. And [...]


  • Vinay Joshi

    ---गोदान - मेरे भाव----------------------"होरी को जब अपने घर में गाय आने की संभावना का पता लगा तो उसकी आँखें जैसे चमक उठीं। सोचा घर में गाय आने का सौभाग्य मिलेगा तो जीवन खिल उठेगा। इसी आशा में जिंदगी जीता रहा। म [...]


  • Gorab Jain

    4+This has to be the most enjoyable reads of this year for we read it aloud as a couple, switching between listening and narrating :) [with a poor toddler giving us both confused looks of insanity!]Before reading Godan, had heard this is Premchand's last and best work, and perfectly portrays the village life of that time. But I was taken by surprise at the philosophical content and the depth of characters. Not only it showcases the farmer's poor condition (which ironically is "evergreen"), albei [...]


  • Pulkit Verma

    I simply couldn't do justice by writing anything about this book. The characters feel so lively that you forget that they are from a book. A true insight into the lives of Indians. You feel the pain of characters, you enjoy with them, in short you feel what they feel. A completely gripping novel with a great philosophical touch. You can only turn into a die-hard fan of Premchand Ji. A must must read for every Indian. And please don't read it in any language other than Hindi.


  • Imran

    Truly a classic.My first introduction to Munshi Premchand was his short story 'Hajj e Akbar' included in our First Year's syllabus. That was quite basic and preachy story. I didn't admire that writing at all. Then I watched Satyajit Ray's movie 'Shatraj ke Khiladi' which was a lovely adaptation of a short story by Premchand. His short story 'Kafan' gives you goosebumps. This novel is a sensitive portrayal of rural life in 1930s India and exploitation of humans in different shapes. The novel has [...]


  • Pushpam Singh

    This was my first exposure to the projected banal Hindi Literature but to my amazement it swept me off floor when i finished reading it. My friend gave it to me and hence i started reading. Munshi premchand is really a maestro in writing. It is hard to find someone even in English who can be compared to his writing skills. The story is about a peasant who fights with Zamindars for his survival. Most impressive aspect of this story is the stronghold over characters. Premchand never loses that. Mi [...]


  • Shashank Garg

    Godaan is not a novel of peasant India. It is a novel of contrast. It depicts how, the peasant India dies day-by-day under the burden of debt which compounds exponentially within years, while those in the higher class are busy with their own little schemes. They play out their own games and suffer their own defeats. But the rigidity of the society does not leave any room for morality to prevail.It is a picture of India as I had never seen before. Written before 1935, it hardly mentions the Briti [...]


  • Avneet

    Go-dan. A wish that was not fulfilled. Not when one was alive, not on one's death. After all what are the desires of a man, those that were never fulfilled. What is a man attracted to? Of course not to those wishes which were attained in his lifetime but to those that never found their destiny. A story of lessons, of connections, of society, struggles, faith, cheating, theft, of every problem, of every positivity that existed in society then, exists in society now! Patriarchy, feminism, atheism [...]


  • Bookworm1858

    An interesting look at intersections of caste and class, the rising nationalism, and comparisons between village and city life in 1930s India.


  • Siddharth Gupta

    A nice read that beautifully reflects how life is in a rural setting, contrasting it with the luxurious life of the rich class. How their problems are significantly different from each other, how each one of them has to fight to maintain their dignity and pride in society, how life plays out for the rich and the poor, how a poor farmer is burdened under huge debts but still finds happiness in little things. The mentality of the rich and poor is portrayed really beautifully!


  • Pawanraj

    Describes the Life of a poor farmer Hori and his struggle to keep alive in the milieu of British Raj. Hori is a poor farmer, who has 3 acres of farmland, which he and his 2 daughters, a son and wife till. However, he is perenially in debt and is therefore never really the master of his own destiny. He is, however, largely at peace with his life and the only thing he wants is to own a cow. One day, he sees a milkman coming toward him with exactly the kind of cow he wants, but he has to hold his h [...]


  • Mansi

    A very poignant story. The ending especially left me extremely sad.Depictions of rural India hardly seem to have changed. The story has increased relevance when we realize that even after 60 years of Independence, there are farmer suicides happening in India.The debates about the role of woman and the ultimate aim of human life are very interesting. Premchand's nationalism and high morals are depicted in all his descriptions. All the issues he raises like women's treatment, caste division, hypoc [...]


  • Dhirendra Mishra

    The read felt that tonga-ride along the jerky, untarred, potholed village road. The poverty and compulsion-writ faces peeping out of the shabby windows at every wheel-turn left creases along the heart. Every peep was reminiscent of that hinge that had been throbbing in pain; had lost all, and was yet clinging to the door in the hope that its pain would subside some day, one day What a read! Speechless


  • Aamir

    This is about the most hardhitting book that I have read against wealth itself! It covers a period and society in India where exploitation is common. Not as good as Munhi Premchand's short stories, but a terrific book neverthless.


  • Anjali

    This book is like your life.picting the imperfect life of imperfect people like each one of us who succumb to (or yearn to) to our vices at some point in our life, no matter how ever reluctantly so. Surely a treat for readers who crave for brilliance and prepared to experience a few life-changing sagas!!


  • Madhu

    In this book I like most is the commendable exposition of human nature by the author. The way he expressed the life of a man: the criteria behind the growth & limitations of human beings, is extremely touching. He beautifully revealed that even after giving one's full. there is something that limits the growth of man. And when I was brooding overese limitations: 'what controls us', 'what confines us'; it reminded me the Newton's first law that objects behave predictably; moving objects don't [...]


  • ahmadafridi

    منشی جی نے ایک دیہات ا ور ملحقہ شہر میں رہنے والوں کے حالات اور ترجیحات کو بہت خوبصورتی سے بیان کیا ہے ایک طرف گاؤں ہے جہاں ایک گائے خریدنا ہی آپ کا سب سے بڑا ارمان ہو اور اپ کے اس ارمان کے راستے میں مختلف معاشرتی بندھن اور مجبوریاں حائل ہو . زندگی کی بنیادی ضروریات نہ ملتی ہو . پو [...]


  • Saurabh

    I read this in Hindi - it was my first Hindi novel. My hindi reading was very rusty when I started, but the book drew me in, and it is a compliment to it that I read it all, and I read it all with "gusto". Premchand is best when he writes about the village life. The stories of the main character Hori, a serf, and his family, are superbly written. The recurring theme here is hopelessness. Good things happen from time to time, but it's all generally downhill. In the beginning, Hori's landlord talk [...]


  • dpcinh

    Wow! Godan is an engrossing and vivid tour de force of the socio- eco- politico-cultural status of pre-Independence India.It depicts the vampiric fangs of feudalism, the obnoxious and hypocritical caste divide and its appalling fallout on individuals and the pitiable lot of the farmer – who was literally at the bottom of the ‘food chain’. There is the all-pervading and preposterous usurious exploitation by shylocks; their exploitative methods result in extracting the last paisa from the fa [...]


  • Rosun Rajkumar

    It's been such a long time since an old friend of mine suggested this book to me. My favourite Indian writer till now has been RK Narayan. Now, after reading Munshi Premchand, there is a tie! The plethora of characters in Godaan, the village-city conflict depicted, the zamindari system portrayed all add up to this book being one of the magnum opus ever to grace Indian readers. I was spell-bound as to even think each character will be so beautifully laid out- each having his/her moments, ups and [...]


  • Komal Mehta

    It's really difficult for us, the 21st century group, to comment anything about the old, un-educated, under-addressed, village life. I have personally never been to any village, and seen those earthen houses, and oil lamps. But this book has pictured those days as real, before my eyes. It was really devastating to even imagine the poor state of a family, where the single earner of the family knows his responsibilities, and keeps on working like oxes; son leaving for a city to have never come bac [...]


  • Sandeep Saroha

    its the best novel written by the so called greatest indian writer, Premchand. this book is about a poor peasant, named hori who had his lifetime dream of keeping a cow, but couldn't manage even this because of various social and personal hinderences. it confronts the reader with the actual reality of indian village, and its people, of how a poor villager prefers his man mariyada, or social status much above his own lifeis book also shows the difference between life in cities and villages, and a [...]


  • Akash Parakh

    A very grave, realistic and significant account of India. Corruption caste cash & cynics all have a role to play and they are all twined in masterfully by Premchand. The translation is mediocre at best but the novel is a true classic because of it's sheer breadth of vision and rings true to this day. I do not think we would find an India too far removed from the one conceived by Premchand almost a century ago !! That is why 5 stars !!


  • Sumeet

    What a ride that was, if you live in India you are not oblivious to the facts presented in this book. I just love the way the writer makes it sound so non-dramatic and stick to the facts and leaves a whole room for you to analyze the perception for your own self.Loved it. Munshi was truly a great writer, reminded me somehow of Tolstoy, although in simpler form


  • Ankit Modi

    Munshi Premchand's satire is so subtle that you might almost miss it if you aren't careful enough while reading. Godan takes you to a very different world and yet, you feel that its characters are scattered around in your own life. Every person seems like a Hori, Mehta, Maalti, Jhunia, Gobar, Dhaniya or some combination of these characters. Truly, a marvellous read.


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