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In The Trough Of Waves

A prince is lost in ambition and lust, before madness claims him and engulfs India. Man mirrors State.

In The Trough Of Waves In The Trough Of Waves

Mulk Raj Anand’s The Private Life of an Indian Prince, originally published in 1953, surprised many of the author’s contemporaries, who had until then seen him portraying India’s disadvantaged and untouchables with sympathy and understanding.

Some felt he did not understand princes and was, therefore, unable to successfully portray his principal character in this novel. Significantly, just around the time he wrote The Private Life of an Indian Prince, Anand had suffered a nervous breakdown over his affair with a hill woman, and his doctors had advised him to somehow work this anguish out of his system. Mulk Raj Anand followed their advice by writing this novel. It need not be seen as merely the story of the sexual escapades of a young, childish and impulsive maharaja, hopping from bed to bed of his many mistresses. In Anand’s own words, this novel "is a study in pity, absolute pity for those who love absolutely—in this case the Prince".

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