Untouchable (novel)

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This article is about the Mulk Raj Anand novel. For the John Banville novel, see The Untouchable (novel).
Untouchable Cover.jpg
Title Cover
Author Mulk Raj Anand
Country India
Language English
Genre Novel
Publication date
Media type Print
ISBN 978-0-14-018395-5
OCLC 22686185
Followed by Coolie

Untouchable is a novel by Mulk Raj Anand published in 1935. The novel established Anand as one of India's leading English authors.[1] The book was inspired by his aunt's experience when she had a meal with a Muslim woman and was treated as an outcast by his family.[2][3] The plot of this book, Anand's first, revolves around the argument for eradicating the caste system.[4] It depicts a day in the life of Bakha, a young "sweeper", who is "untouchable" due to his work cleaning latrines.

Publication history[edit]

The book was first published in 1935.[5] Later editions carried a foreword written by E. M. Forster.[2] In 2004, a commemorative edition including this book was launched by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.[6]


  1. ^ "Mulk Raj Anand, 98; Wrote About India's Injustices". Los Angeles Times. October 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  2. ^ a b "Indian author Mulk Raj Anand dies". BBC. September 28, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Mulk Raj Anand, R.I.P.". September 28, 2004. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  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. ^ "Mulk Raj Anand draws closer to 100". The Times of India. December 11, 2003. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  6. ^ "PM releases special commemorative edition on Mulk Raj Anand". Govt of India, Press Information Bureau. December 11, 2004. Retrieved 2009-08-31.