chapter  10
The Rebellion of an Indian Temple Dancer
ByCarola Hilmes
Pages 19

Anarkalli, die indische Bajadere (Anarkalli, the Indian Temple Dancer) — brought out in 1880 by the publishing house Enβlin und Leiblin — is one of the rare literary examples, almost completely forgotten today, of a German view on the rebellion of the sepoys in India in 1857. The short novel published in the series of Reutlinger Volksbücher, is probably an unknown counterpart to Sir John Retcliffe’s bestseller Nena Sahib oder die Empörung in Indien (1858-59), the fi rst novel ever on the Indian rebellion.1 Nothing further could be found out about the author of Anarkalli, a certain H(ans) Brunner.2