Godan, a story of stark realism is Premchand’s most outstanding work. It is his last completed novel which brings out the realistic interpretation of Indian village society. This is a story of people, hungry and semi starved, yet hopeful and optimistic in the truest spirit of the age it represent.

  • Genre Indian Literature
  • Language English
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 344 pages
  • Release Date 9-Jul-1991
  • ISBN 13 978-81-7224-219-0

“Nervous like a knife, he cuts clear through hypocrisy and falsehood.”

Mulk Raj Anand

…the true and vivid picture of India.

The Hindustan Standard

…probably the only great novel in Hindi.

 The Statesman

In this last novel of Premchand is present every personage that has lent its
character to traditional rural India.


…no Indian should miss this novel, which Premchand wrote with tears.

 The Nagpur Times

…Premchand’s last masterpiece. |

The Hind

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About the Author


Born Dhanpat Rai Shrivastava on 31 July 1880 in Lamhi village near Varanasi, India, Munshi Premchand began his writing career in 1901. His first short novel, Asrar e Ma’abid (Secrets of God’s Abode), written in Urdu was published in a weekly between 8 October 1903 to February 1905. He wrote on a variety of topics including prostitution, poverty, dowry, child widowhood, and feudal system, using his works as a vehicle for arousing public awareness. He was the first Hindi author whose works featured social realism. Premchand has penned down hundreds of short stories, more than a dozen novels, plays, and several critical essays. His most celebrated works include Vardaan (1912), Seva Sadan (1918), Premashram (1922), Rangbhoomi (1925), Nirmala (1927), Pratigya (1927), Gaban (1931), Karmabhoomi (1932), Godaan (1936). Premchand breathed his last on 8 October 1936. One of the most influential writers of Indian literature, his works continue to remain popular and are translated in various foreign languages across the world.