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Six Acres and a Third

Six Acres and a Third: The Classic Nineteenth-Century Novel about Colonial India

Fakir Mohan Senapati
Rabi Shankar Mishra
Satya P. Mohanty
Jatindra K. Nayak
Paul St-Pierre
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 222
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/j.ctt1ppjng
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    Six Acres and a Third
    Book Description:

    This sly and humorous novel by Fakir Mohan Senapati-one of the pioneering spirits of modern Indian literature and an early activist in the fight against the destruction of native Indian languages-is both a literary work and a historical document. A text that makes use-and deliberate misuse-of both British and Indian literary conventions,Six Acres and a Thirdprovides a unique "view from below" of Indian village life under colonial rule. Set in Orissa in the 1830s, the novel focuses on a small plot of land, tracing the lives and fortunes of people who are affected by the way this property is sold and resold, as new legal arrangements emerge and new types of people come to populate and transform the social landscape. This graceful translation faithfully conveys the rare and compelling account of how the more unsavory aspects of colonialism affected life in rural India.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-93585-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[iv])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [v]-[vi])
  3. Introduction
    (pp. 1-32)
    Satya P. Mohanty

    Set in colonial Indian society during the early decades of the nineteenth century,Six Acres and a Thirdtells a tale of wealth and greed, of property and theft. On one level it is the story of an evil landlord, Ramachandra Mangaraj, who exploits poor peasants and uses the new legal system to appropriate the property of others. But this is merely one of the themes in the novel; as the text unfolds it reveals several layers of meaning and implication. Toward the end of Mangaraj’s story, he is punished by the law and we hear how the “Judge Sahib”...

  4. Six Acres and a Third
    (pp. 33-218)
    Fakir Mohan Senapati

    Ramachandra Mangaraj was a zamindar—a rural landlord—and a prominent moneylender as well, though his transactions in grain far exceeded those in cash. For an area of four kos around, no one else’s business had much influence. He was a very pious man indeed: there are twenty-four ekadasis in a year; even if there had been forty such holy days, he would have observed every single one. This is indisputable. Every ekadasi he fasted, taking nothing but water and a few leaves of the sacred basil plant for the entire day. Just the other afternoon, though, Mangaraj’s barber, Jaga,...

  5. GLOSSARY
    (pp. 219-222)