The richest and most ambitious novel by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, this masterpiece counts the human cost of British-occupied India, a society afflicted by imperialism and racism. “A Passage to India is both a challenge and an indictment. It is also a revelation.”—The New York Times Book Review. When Adela Quested arrives in the city of Chandrapore in search of “the real India,” she quickly grows disillusioned with its prejudiced colonial community. Determined to escape the insular English enclave, she and her elderly companion, Mrs. Moore, seek the guidance of the charming and well-respected Dr. Aziz, a young Muslim physician. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar Caves with Aziz, and the doctor finds himself at the center of a scandal that rocks Chandrapore to its core. E. M. Forster’s beautifully rendered characters illuminate the tensions of British-occupied India and make A Passage to India a masterpiece not only of historical impact but of deep humanity.
About the Author:
E. M. Forster (1879–1970) was born Edward Morgan Forster in London. He attended Tonbridge School as a day boy and went on to King’s College, Cambridge, in 1897. With King’s he had a lifelong connection and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship in 1946. Forster wrote six novels, four of which appeared before World War I: Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907), A Room with a View (1908), and Howard’s End (1910). An interval of fourteen years elapsed before he published A Passage to India. It won both the Prix Femina Vie Heureuse and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Finished in 1914, his novel on homosexual themes, Maurice, was published in posthumously in 1971. He also published two volumes of short stories; two collections of essays; a critical work, Aspects of the Novel; The Hill of Devi, a fascinating record of two visits Forster made to the Indian state of Dewas Senior; two biographies; two books about Alexandria (where he worked for the Red Cross during World War I); and, with Eric Crozier, the libretto for Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd. The Times called him “one of the most esteemed English novelists of his time.”
E. M. Forster on his ‘A Passage to India’ – NBC Radio broadcast, 1949
A Passage to India by E. M. Forster Reviews:
“Eerily prescient on the subject of empire . . . A Passage to India stands as a strangely timeless achievement.”—The Guardian
“Forster’s undoubted masterpiece . . . probably the best novel ever written about [India] by an Englishman.”—The Hindu
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