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Nirmal Verma, 1929-


Image of Nirmal Verma, 1929- (photo credit: Gaurav Sharma )

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  1. Lala tina ki chata.
    3. samskarana. Nai Dilli : Rajakamala Prakasana, 1989.
    (LCCN: 74903090. LC has a different edition)
  2. Antima aranya.
    1. samskarana. Nai Dilli : Rajakamala Prakasana, 2000.
    (LCCN: 99956147)
  3. Rata ka riportara.
    1 avrtti. Nai Dilli : Rajakamala Prakasana, 2000.
    (LCCN: 89906762. LC has a different edition)

A well-known name in Hindi literature, Nirmal Verma is known mainly for his fictional works. Born on April 3, 1929, he obtained a M.A. in history from Delhi University. He studied Czech at the Oriental Institute in Prague, and has been a Fellow with the International Institute for Asian Studies. Nirmal Verma is a recipient of India's highest literary award, the Jnanpith, and his short stories Kavve aura kala pani won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985. Some of his more popular novels are Antima aranya, Rata ka riportara, Eka citaraha sukha, and Lala tina ki chata.

Vedina, his first novel, is set in Prague, Czechoslavakia. Like all his works, it is rich in symbolism with a style that is simple yet sophisticated. As one of the most important prose Hindi writers of our times, Nirmal Verma's creativity extends to the description and travel to places in Europe especially on Czechoslovakia and literary criticism. Among his nonfiction writings is Kala ka jokhima an investigation of the Indic arts in the 20th century. His diary, Dhundha se uthati dhuna, describes his life in detail while addressing issues related to Hindi literature. His works have been widely translated into English and Gujarati. The Library of Congress has acquired all of his short stories and most of his novels and prose writings.

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