by Madra Rakshasa
This Hindi novel describes the steadily burgeoning tensions between untouchables and landowners in a tiny Indian village. The focus of the book is not so much the actual conflict, which is brief and not at all significant, but the history and development of the characters. It's not a simple novel at all, despite taking a stand, of course, against the greed and oppression of the landowners - some of the peasants are unsympathetic, and some of the landowners are decent people. It's a real psychological novel with political significance as well. I liked it a lot.