Yashpal (December 3, 1903–December 26, 1976) was a noted Hindi author who wrote books like झूठा सच Jhutha Sach (The False Truth, 1958–1960). He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel Meri Teri Uski Baat in 1976. He served as an editor of Viplav for many years.
His works have been translated into many languages.
Yashpal was a revolutionary who fought for India's freedom and he was arrested when he was twenty-eight years old. He was tried and sentenced to fourteen years of hard labour.
In the year 2003-2004, events to celebrate Yashpal’s birth centenary were held across the length and the breadth of nation with an enthusiasm not seen except at the time of Prem Chand’s birth centenary celebrations: from national seminars organized by the Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Letters) at Shimla and at Kolkata, and by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi at Cochin, to local affairs in small towns in the Hindi-speaking heartland of India. These events were marked by a forceful and unequivocal acknowledgment of Yashpal being the towering figure in the post-Prem Chand era, as well as of the author’s importance and his impact on Hindi literature and on the successive generations of young writers. The Government of India issued a commemorative Yashpal Centenary postage stamp.
Books by Yashpal in English translation
- The Essence of Love, Yashpal, 1975, Arnold Heinnemann, New Delhi, India ¹
- Amita, Yashpal, 1977, Arnold Heinnemann, New Delhi, India ²
- Yashpal Looks Back (Sinhavalokan), Yashpal, 1988, Vikas Publishing House, New Delhi, India ³
- The Second Nose and Other Stories, Yashpal, 2005, Rupa & Co., New Delhi, India ¹
- Divya, Yashpal, 2005, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, India ²
- Divya, Yashpal (paperback), Penguin Books India, New Delhi, India
- This Is Not That Dawn (Jhootha Sach), Penguin Books India, New Delhi
1 Short stories, 2 Novel, 3 Memoirs
Yashpal has also written RAH BEETI(the story of the journey/Travel Diary) and also "DEKHA SOCHA SAMJHA"(Saw Thought Understood). Those are based on his travels via Eastern Europe (Czechoslovakia etc. and give a vivid and most enchanting description of the life there.)
- Ve Tufani Din
- Deshdrohi Aswin
- Jhutha Sach
- Dada Comrade
- Manushya Ke Roop
- Meri Teri Uski Baat
- Kyon Fanse
- Pinjare ki Udaan
- Phulo Ka Kurta
Guldasta (TV Series, 1995 Doordarshan Lucknow) : Director - Sunil Batta
Jeevan Ke Rang (TV Series, 2005 DD Bharti) : Director - Sunil Batta
- Hindi Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007 Sahitya Akademi Official website.
- Sheela Verma, l Varm (1997). Course in Advanced Hindi. Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 81-208-1470-3.
- Friend, Corinne (Fall 1977)). "Yashpal: Fighter for Freedom -- Writer for Justice". Journal of South Asian Literature 13 (1): 65–90. JSTOR 40873491. (subscription required)
- Friend, Corinne (1969). Yashpal: Author and Patriot. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.