ISBN 9789382277361,A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces : Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present

A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces : Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present


David Davidar


Aleph Book Company



Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382277361

ISBN-10 9382277366


Number of Pages 544 Pages
Language (English)

Fiction anthologies & collections

The stories in this collection will make you see the world differently-as the greatest stories always do.

The thirty-nine short stories in this book will blow you away. Starting with a ghost story by Rabindranath Tagore, Indias most famous writer and ending with a fable by Kanishk Tharoor, a writer who has come of age in the twenty-first century, these literary masterpieces showcase the extraordinary range and diversity of our storytelling tradition. The first recognizably modern Indian short stories were written in Bengal (By Tagore and others) in the second half of the nineteenth century and writers from other regions were quick to follow suit, often using the form to protest colonial oppression and the various ills afflicting rural and urban India. Over the next century and a half, some of the finest writers the world has seen produced outstanding fiction in every conceivable genre. Many of these stories find a place in this volume, as does work by emerging talent that has never been published in book form before. Here you will find stories of classical realism, ones rooted in folklore and myth, tales of fantasy, humor, horror, crime and romance, stories set in villages, small towns, cities and the moon. They will entertain you and shock you, they will lighten your mood and cast you down, they will move you and they will make you reflect on lifes big and little questions. Most of all, they will make you see the world differently-as the greatest stories always do.

Interesting Facts

Stories by beloved, award-winning writers like Rabindranath Tagore, Anita Desai, U.R. Ananthamurthy, Khushwant Singh, Nirmal Verma, Harishankar Parsai, Vikram Chandra, Amrita Pritam, Upamanyu Chatterjee and others
Conceived, edited and introduced by David Davidar.
All the stories work beautifully in English for todays reader.
This anthology will appeal to both literary and non-literary readers.
Covers a wide variety of genres including horror stories, romance, crime, humour, fantasy and folklore.
Praise for the book

The mother of all compilations arrives in the form of an exhaustive book of short stories, A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces. A book doesnt get grander than this. All in all, a carefully put-together, precious collection of short stories that begs to be read over and over again. And with every reading, like all great things, the stories are capable of throwing up fresh new interpretations. - New Indian Express

The handsome, inky blue tome is indeed an extraordinary collection of masterpieces, hewn from (The) stories that make up the great Ganga of Indian writing. Whats best about this anthology is that though it salutes the hoary old masters of the Indian canon of Manto and Tagore (With their familiar and exquisite stories of mangoes and tongas), the book also carries the stories of many subsequent and outstanding writers. With an excellent foreword by Davidar, this is a treasure. - Malavika Sangghvi in Mid-day

The publication of such an anthology is a cause to celebrate, to read and to thank our translators and our writers. And it is an occasion to thank our editors. - India Today

This anthology showcases some of the very best stories in a variety of dazzling styles. - Asian Age

Hands down the most beautiful book of the year-and one you must own. - Hindustan Times / Brunch

Id like to highly recommend David Davidars excellent and judiciously edited literary anthology, A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces (Aleph) that contains 39 short stories from across Indian languages from Khushwant Singh, Munshi Premchand, Ismat Chugtai, Vaikom Muhammed Basheer and Ruskin Bond, to newer voices like Shahnaz Bashir and Kanishk Tharoor. - Sudeep Sen, Sunday Guardian