The Night Soil Man (NOVEL)

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Author: T.Wignesan
Binding: Paperback (pp: 191)
ISBN: 9788182531246
Availability: In Stock (Ships within 1 to 2 days)
Publisher: Cyberwit.net
Pub. Date: 2008
Condition: New
Price: $20
 
 

The introduction of an "Untouchable" or "Night Soil Man" in the midst of so-called higher caste Hindus disrupts the conference. The plot works up to this climax with not-so predictable or likely results, thus making its claims on the nouveau roman genre. The link between the ruler and the ruled is the newspaper reporter Thamby, caught in the grind between the British master and the locals who show no signs of mastering themselves. The characters and events of this story are entirely fictitious in construction and narration. Even if the names of the streets, buildings and lay of the land pinpoint the venue in Kuala-Lumpur, these are not material to the time of the action. For instance, there was no university in the city before Independence was attained in 1957. At that time, the vast majority of Hindu Indians in Malaysia and Singapore was Tamil, and those that constituted the articulate and educated majority among them were - disproportionately - from Jaffna in the old Ceylon. The first nominated "Member" of Education in the Cabinet was a Jaffnese Tamil, and the first nominated U.N. Representative was an Indian Tamil Brahmin. Other more sizeable Indian communities were made up of Sikhs, Punjabis, Bengalees, and Malayalees from India. The conference of Indians or Hindus is an event, however, not unique to this novel, since Indians in Malaysia continue to meet on a national level for various reasons. Any similarity to other such meetings or living persons is purely coincidental, with the exception of the character of the Swami which is founded on a real-life Swami who had a big role to play at one Hindu conference in Kuala Lumpur. The venue of one incident at the end, however, shifts to London in keeping with the logical movement of the story in a colonial protectorate. Here reality and the imaginary intermingle for effect. The novel was conceived and written in a month during July-August 1967 in Madrid, Spain. Some slight changes in the language and style have also been introduced by the author since then.

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T.Wignesan

T.Wignesan: Born in Kuala Krai, Malaysia. Up to his twenty-first year in Singapore, India, and Malaysia; then in London, Heidelberg, West Berlin, Madrid, and Paris.

Education: After only four years of schooling at Batu Road School and the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur (1946- 1949: dropped out in 1950); school and higher school certificates (Cambridge University: 1951 (SC: 9 subjects - Grade One) & 1953 (HSC: 1 A-level & 3 O-levels), and London University GCE: 4 A-levels and 1 O-level - 1955); Bar studies at the Inns of Court School of Law, London (1953-56)...


 
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The Night Soil Man (NOVEL)

Volume:
Author: T.Wignesan
Binding: Paperback (pp: 191)
ISBN: 9788182531246
Availability: In Stock (Ships within 1 to 2 days)
Publisher: Cyberwit.net
Pub. Date: 2008
Condition: New
Price: $20
 
 

The introduction of an "Untouchable" or "Night Soil Man" in the midst of so-called higher caste Hindus disrupts the conference. The plot works up to this climax with not-so predictable or likely results, thus making its claims on the nouveau roman genre. The link between the ruler and the ruled is the newspaper reporter Thamby, caught in the grind between the British master and the locals who show no signs of mastering themselves. The characters and events of this story are entirely fictitious in construction and narration. Even if the names of the streets, buildings and lay of the land pinpoint the venue in Kuala-Lumpur, these are not material to the time of the action. For instance, there was no university in the city before Independence was attained in 1957. At that time, the vast majority of Hindu Indians in Malaysia and Singapore was Tamil, and those that constituted the articulate and educated majority among them were - disproportionately - from Jaffna in the old Ceylon. The first nominated "Member" of Education in the Cabinet was a Jaffnese Tamil, and the first nominated U.N. Representative was an Indian Tamil Brahmin. Other more sizeable Indian communities were made up of Sikhs, Punjabis, Bengalees, and Malayalees from India. The conference of Indians or Hindus is an event, however, not unique to this novel, since Indians in Malaysia continue to meet on a national level for various reasons. Any similarity to other such meetings or living persons is purely coincidental, with the exception of the character of the Swami which is founded on a real-life Swami who had a big role to play at one Hindu conference in Kuala Lumpur. The venue of one incident at the end, however, shifts to London in keeping with the logical movement of the story in a colonial protectorate. Here reality and the imaginary intermingle for effect. The novel was conceived and written in a month during July-August 1967 in Madrid, Spain. Some slight changes in the language and style have also been introduced by the author since then.

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T.Wignesan

T.Wignesan: Born in Kuala Krai, Malaysia. Up to his twenty-first year in Singapore, India, and Malaysia; then in London, Heidelberg, West Berlin, Madrid, and Paris.

Education: After only four years of schooling at Batu Road School and the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur (1946- 1949: dropped out in 1950); school and higher school certificates (Cambridge University: 1951 (SC: 9 subjects - Grade One) & 1953 (HSC: 1 A-level & 3 O-levels), and London University GCE: 4 A-levels and 1 O-level - 1955); Bar studies at the Inns of Court School of Law, London (1953-56)...


 
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