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David Rubin (1924—2008) is best known for his elegant translations of works by Indian writers Premchand and Nirala. But he was also a masterful writer of novels, short stories and poetry. His 1963 novel, The Greater Darkness, won the British Authors’ Club award for that year’s best first novel. The aim of this website is to capture, chronicle and continue to celebrate his life’s work.

David remained a prolific writer until his death in 2008 from a stroke. In novels, novellas and short stories, the urbane materialism of Manhattan high society collides with Asian idealism, which is debated, debunked and passionately embraced by characters journeying across America, India and Nepal. David taught comparative literature at Sarah Lawrence College and Hindi language and literature at Columbia University. Fluent in at least six European languages as well as Hindi and Nepali, he was one of the most accomplished linguists and literary translators of the late twentieth century.