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In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the August–September 2021 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes (+4, resulting in a four-way tie) and our rules for selecting a topic challenge among those that have the same number of votes, the next topic challenge will be

Munshi Premchand (Dhanpat Rai Shrivastava)

(In the old suggestions thread, Munschi Premchand was suggested before Maltese literature.)


What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during August and September 2021 you are invited to try to get hold of one of the works of Munshi Premchand and ask questions about it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during August and September too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of one of the works of Munshi Premchand and asking good questions about it. Questions about these works should be tagged with , for works originally written in Urdu (before 1914) or for works originally written in Hindi (starting in 1914), and a tag for the work (if it is a book-length work). We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is Tsundoku's presentation:

Since this site needs more questions about non-Western literature, I'm submitting a proposal for one of the most important 20th-century authors from India. Munshi Premchand (1880 – 1936) is not well known in the West, even though he "is regarded as one of the foremost Hindi writers of the early twentieth century" (Wikipedia). He published novels, short stories and plays; not all of them have been translated into English.

Some of these translations were published on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Premchand's birth or shortly thereafter. There are also a few German translations.

A monograph by Madan Gopal, published in 1944, is now available on Archive.org.

What's next?

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List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  1. Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived? by Tsundoku, 01/09/2021 (1 answer).
  2. Why was 50 considered old in Premchand's day? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 17/09/2021 (2 answers).
  3. Why was Bhungi poor in spite of having an apparently thriving business? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 17/09/2021 (1 answer).
  4. What did it mean for Pandit Udaybhan Pandey to own the entire village? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 17/09/2021 (2 answers, including a deleted one).
  5. Who are all these writers referred to by Premchand? by Rand al'Thor, 28/09/2021 (1 answer).
  6. Which Premchand stories are written in Hindi and which in Urdu? by Rand al'Thor, 29/09/2021 (1 answer).
  7. add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>), dd/mm/2021.

The highest-voted and most viewed of these is Has the text of Premchand's banned short-story collection Soz-e-Watan survived? by Tsundoku, with a score of 7 and approximately 260 views during the months of August and September.

Each question received at least one answer before the end of September.

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