Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a British-American author and screenwriter. She is best known for her works on Indian society and her collaborations with Merchant Ivory Productions, for which she won two Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay.


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  1. 1. Heat and Dust

    "Heat and Dust" is a novel set in two different time periods in India, exploring themes of colonialism, gender roles, and cultural clash. The story alternates between the 1920s, following the scandalous life of Olivia, an English colonial wife who falls in love with an Indian prince, and the 1970s, where her step-granddaughter journeys to India to uncover the truth about Olivia's life and her own identity. The narrative exposes the complexities of love, culture, and identity in the context of British colonial rule and post-colonial India.

    The 1674th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Out Of India

    "Out of India" is a collection of stories and essays that provide a rich and evocative portrayal of Indian society and the complexities of its cultural and social tapestry. The author, born in Germany and having spent a significant part of her life in India, uses her unique perspective to explore themes of identity, displacement, and the nuances of East-West encounters. Through vivid characterizations and keen observations, the book captures the essence of India, from its bustling cities to its rural landscapes, offering insights into both the beauty and the contradictions of the country. The work is a reflection on the author's experiences and observations during her time in India, making it both a personal and deeply insightful read.

    The 10308th Greatest Book of All Time