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MOUNTAINS PAINTED WITH TURMERIC by Lil Bahadur Chettri, translated from Nepali by Michael J. Hutt. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007, $22.50 (cloth)

Originally published in the late 1950s, this novel — says the blurb — “is one of the few books almost every Nepali knows well.” The reason is that it “struck a chord in the hearts of hundreds of thousands of Nepali readers.” And the reason for this occurrence is that the novel is regarded by Nepali literary scholars as a work of social realism, a reflection of actual peasant life.

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