A Passage to India (Paperback)
The richest and most ambitious novel by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, this masterpiece counts the human cost of British-occupied India, a society afflicted by imperialism and racism.
“A Passage to India is both a challenge and an indictment. It is also a revelation.”—The New York Times Book Review
When Adela Quested arrives in the city of Chandrapore in search of “the real India,” she quickly grows disillusioned with its prejudiced colonial community. Determined to escape the insular English enclave, she and her elderly companion, Mrs. Moore, seek the guidance of the charming and well-respected Dr. Aziz, a young Muslim physician. But a mysterious incident occurs while they are exploring the Marabar Caves with Aziz, and the doctor finds himself at the center of a scandal that rocks Chandrapore to its core.
E. M. Forster’s beautifully rendered characters illuminate the tensions of British-occupied India and make A Passage to India a masterpiece not only of historical impact but of deep humanity.
About the Author
E. M. Forster (1879–1970) was a celebrated writer, public intellectual, and human rights activist best known for A Room with a View, A Passage to India, Howards End, and the posthumously published love story Maurice. The author of six novels and dozens of short stories and essays, Forster was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seventeen different years. Forster’s combined works reflected his deep commitment to “curiosity, a free mind, belief in good taste, and belief in the human race.”
“Forster’s undoubted masterpiece . . . probably the best novel ever written about [India] by an Englishman.”—The Hindu
“Eerily prescient on the subject of empire . . . A Passage to India stands as a strangely timeless achievement.”—The Guardian