Author: U R Anantha Murthy
Translator(s)/Editor: Shafi Ahmed Shariff
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172016824
Samskara is both a religious novel and a contemporary poetic reworking of ancient Hindu themes and myths.
It is about a decaying Brahmin colony in a south Indian village. Its central event is a death, which brings in its wake a plague, moral chaos and a rebirth.
Originally published in Kannada in 1965, this novel soon became enormously popular with general readers and critics. The book has been translated into several foreign languages as well as filmed.