ABOUT the BOOK:Eloquent Hills: Essays on Nepali Literature brings together nine essays written between 1989-2007 by Michael Hutt, the leading foreign scholar of Nepali literature. It contains essays that discuss Muna-Madan by Lakshmiprasad Devkota, Sumnima by BP Koirala, Sirisko Phul by Parijat, and Ghumne Mechmathi Andho Manchhe by Bhupi Sherchan, four of the best known classics of Nepali literature. Hutt's take on the poetry of Mohan Koirala and the early life of Bhupi are also featured here. Thematic essays based on Nepali literary sources on the notions of Shangri-la and an ideal Nepal, the portrayal of Gurkha soldiers, migration, and literary movements before and after the 1990 People?s Movement provide interesting commentary on Nepali literature. All who are curious about modern Nepali society must read this book.ABOUT the AUTHOR: Michael Hutt is Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. He has written and edited thirteen books and over fifty chapters and articles on various aspects of the language, literature, politics and culture of Nepal and the Himalayan region. These include Himalayan Voices: An Introduction to Modern Nepali Literature (1991, University of California Press); Unbecoming Citizens: Culture, Nationhood, and the Flight of Refugees from Bhutan (2003, Oxford University Press); and The Life of Bhupi Sherchan: Poetry and Politics in Post-Rana Nepal (2010, Oxford University Press).