Coolie (novel)

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Author Mulk Raj Anand
Country India
Language English
Genre Novel
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-14-018680-2
OCLC 3682917
823 20
LC Class PR9499.3.A5 C6 1994
Preceded by Untouchable
Followed by Two Leaves and a Bud

Coolie is a novel by Mulk Raj Anand first published in 1936.[1] The novel reinforced Anand's position as one of India's leading English authors.[2] The book is highly critical of British rule in India and India's caste system.[3] The plot revolves around a 14-year-old boy, Munoo, and his plight due to poverty and exploitation aided by the social and political structures in place.[4]

In 2004, a commemorative edition including this book was launched by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.[5]


  1. ^ "Mulk Raj Anand draws closer to 100". The Times of India. December 11, 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  2. ^ "Mulk Raj Anand, 98; Wrote About India's Injustices". Los Angeles Times. October 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Indian author Mulk Raj Anand dies". BBC. September 28, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  4. ^ Bhatnagar, Manmohan Krishna; Mittapalli Rajeshwar (2000). The novels of Mulk Raj Anand: a critical study. Atlantic Publishers. p. 69. ISBN 978-81-7156-934-2. OCLC 237560616. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ "PM releases special commemorative edition on Mulk Raj Anand". Govt of India, Press Information Bureau. December 11, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-31.