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Mohan Koirala Facing Questions

Mohan Koirala Facing Questions G O V I N D A B A R T A M A N Facing Questions: An Interview Interviewer's Note 's place in modern Nepali literature is unusual. One faction of the literary community applauds him not only as a giant of modern poetry but as the greatest modern poet since Laxmi Prasad Devkota (1909­1959), who was a prolific writer of undisputed classics, and Gopal Prasad Rimal (1918­ 1973), Nepal's first great writer of free verse. Another faction of the literary community--comprising mainly writers and readers in leftist political circles--prefers not to praise Koirala in such terms and instead considers Bhupi Sherchan (1936­1989) to be the most important poet since Devkota and Rimal. This faction considers Koirala's work to be the expression of a private voice that is often abstruse, arrhythmic, and unintelligible; and it sees Sherchan as having given voice to the suffering of all Nepalis, regardless of class or education, in a simple, intelligible, and popular style. However regarded, Koirala is important not only as a poet but also as a figure who provokes heated discussions about the situation of Nepali literature. When Manjushree Thapa, co­guest editor of this issue of , suggested I interview http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Mohan Koirala Facing Questions

Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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G O V I N D A B A R T A M A N Facing Questions: An Interview Interviewer's Note 's place in modern Nepali literature is unusual. One faction of the literary community applauds him not only as a giant of modern poetry but as the greatest modern poet since Laxmi Prasad Devkota (1909­1959), who was a prolific writer of undisputed classics, and Gopal Prasad Rimal (1918­ 1973), Nepal's first great writer of free verse. Another faction of the literary community--comprising mainly writers and readers in leftist political circles--prefers not to praise Koirala in such terms and instead considers Bhupi Sherchan (1936­1989) to be the most important poet since Devkota and Rimal. This faction considers Koirala's work to be the expression of a private voice that is often abstruse, arrhythmic, and unintelligible; and it sees Sherchan as having given voice to the suffering of all Nepalis, regardless of class or education, in a simple, intelligible, and popular style. However regarded, Koirala is important not only as a poet but also as a figure who provokes heated discussions about the situation of Nepali literature. When Manjushree Thapa, co­guest editor of this issue of , suggested I interview

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